AMM 50: FM Pham Binh Minh holds bilateral meetings

Sunday, 2017-08-06 22:18:33
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Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds a bilateral meeting with Lao FM Saleumxay Kommasith (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and Laos in Manila, the Philippines, on August 5, on the sidelines of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) and related meetings.

Meeting Singaporean FM Vivian Balakrishnan, both officials agreed on measures to accelerate the implementation of high-level commitments to achieve joint concrete benefits.

Vivian Balakrishnan stated that Singapore will work with Vietnam for the successful APEC Year 2017, especially concerning the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang in November.

Meanwhile, Minh and Indonesia’s FM RetnoMarsudi asserted the importance of maintaining contacts and high-ranking meetings in order to bring bilateral ties to a new height.

Minh suggested the two countries coordination in protecting their fishermen, combating criminals at sea, while asking Indonesia to handle issues of arresting fishermen humanely.

At the meeting with the Philippine FM Alan Peter Cayetano, Minh affirmed that Vietnam supports and will work with the Philippines in its ASEAN Chair in 2017 in regards to speeding up the ASEAN Community’s building process, reinforcing the bloc’s solidarity, and safeguarding the grouping’s central role in tackling regional issues.

He asked the Philippines to work to ensure safety for Vietnamese nationals being held by terrorists in the country as well as hasten the accomplishment of necessary procedures for the entry of Vietnamese vegetables, fruits, and poultry products in the Philippines.

Alan Peter Cayetano stated that he will soon work with relevant agencies in his country in regards to the facilitation of Vietnamese farm products’ entry and additionally pledged that he will make efforts to ensure safety for Vietnamese nationals who have been captured.

At the meeting with Lao FM SaleumxayKommasith, the officials vowed to work closely in order to deploy reached agreements, soundly organize celebrative activities, and accomplish the enactment of an agreement concerning the settling of undocumented migrants and marriages without licenses in the two countries’ border areas.

With Australian FM Julie Bishop, the officials agreed to step up cooperative efforts to fully tap the respective strengths to reach the potential of developing bilateral ties to a new height.

Minh asked Australia to continue facilitating the presence of Vietnamese farm and aquatic products and also to support the country in relation to education and training.

Minister Julie Bishop hailed Vietnam’s participation in the Colombo programme, which is tailored to enhance people-to-people exchanges, and education and training cooperation, including the reception of Australian students in Vietnam.

Regarding regional and international issues, Minh and his counterparts have agreed on pushing efforts to build the ASEAN Community, and increasing coordination to maintain ASEAN’s unity and central role in the region.

The sides agreed to continue to maintaining the bloc’s basic principles in addressing issues relating to peace and security in the region, including the East Sea issue on the basis of international law, the 1982 UNCLOS, to safeguard overflight and maritime freedom, security and safety in the East Sea, and fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and soon initiate a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).