Vice President seeks stronger Vietnam-Malaysia ties

(VOV) – State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan expects the diverse activities marking 40 years of Vietnam-Malaysia diplomatic ties in 2013 will help deepen mutual understanding and push the relationship towards a future strategic partnership.

Doan, who is in Kuala Lumpur for the 2013 Global Summit of Women (GSW) on June 6-8, was speaking during a courtesy visit to Malaysian King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.

She congratulated Malaysia on its recent successful 13th general election, expressing her hopes for the adoption of a “new economic model” capable of transforming Malaysia into an industrialised nation by 2020.

The Malaysian King spoke highly of Vietnam’s Doi Moi (Renewal) achievements and hoped the country’s leaders and people will continue reaping greater national construction and development success.

Both sides expressed delight at the fine development of the Vietnam-Malaysia friendship and multi-faceted cooperation over the years.

They emphasised the importance of constant high-level delegation and people-to-people exchanges and agreed to promote cooperation across fields including security, national defence, labour, education and training, culture, sports, tourism, and oil and gas.

The King affirmed his country’s commitment to creating favourable conditions for its Vietnamese expatriate community and to resolving disagreements over Vietnamese fishermen in a manner honouring the humanity and fine friendship between both nations.

Both sides noted with satisfaction their enhanced cooperation at the regional and international forums, especially regarding ASEAN and the UN, and concurred on the importance of respecting international law like the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). They believe a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea should be drafted as soon as possible in the interests of regional peace and stability.

While meeting with Keosaichay Saynhason, the Lao State President’s wife, Doan noted the success of the close coordination between Vietnam and Laos during their 2012 Friendship and Solidarity Year.

Both sides were delighted by the signing of a Vietnam-Laos cooperative agreement on women’s development over the 2012-2017 period, describing it as additional fuel helping younger generations preserve the valued traditions of the bilateral relationship.

Later Doan visited a Sony Malaysia factory employing approximately 450 Vietnamese women. She thanked the factory’s management board for improving Vietnamese workers’ lives and asked them to consider recruiting more female Vietnamese workers in the future.

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