President Tran Dai Quang talks with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, President Tran Dai Quang, his wife and a high-level delegation from Viet Nam made a State visit to Brunei Darussalam on 26-28 August 2016. On the occasion of the visit, the two sides issued a joint statement.
The official welcoming ceremony for President Tran Dai Quang and his wife was held solemnly at Nurul Iman Istana in Bandar Seri Begawan capital, Brunei Darussalam on 27 August.
After that, President Tran Dai Quang and his wife had an audience with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and the Queen. After the audience, State President Tran Dai Quang, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, amd high-level delegations from Viet Nam and Brunei Darussalam had official talks.
During the visit, both leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as on regional and international issues of common interest in a warm and cordial atmosphere, and agreed to deepen and scale up bilateral relations in the future for the benefit of the two peoples.
Both leaders expressed pleasure on the good progress in strengthening bilateral cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 29 February 1992; recognized the significance of the President’s visit in reaffirming the close friendship enjoyed between the two countries and people; and reiterated the spirit of the Joint Statement in 2012.
The two sides agreed to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017 with activities to deepen mutual understanding and people-to-people linkages.
The Brunei Sultan congratulated the Vietnamese people on their achievements through the Socio-Economic Development Plans as envisioned in the renovation policy. The Brunei Sultan expressed confidence that under the Vietnamese President’s leadership, Viet Nam will achieve its target to become an industrialized country by 2020.
President Tran Dai Quang also commended the efforts undertaken by His Majesty’s Government in implementing various strategic plans towards achieving the goals of “Wawasan Brunei 2035”, which aims to make Brunei Darussalam widely recognized for the achievements of its educated and highly skilled people, high quality of life, and a dynamic and sustainable economy.
Both leaders welcomed the increased interactions at all levels and agreed to strengthen the existing bilateral consultative mechanisms. In this regard, both leaders agreed to the early convening of the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) to further deepen and expand cooperation between both countries.
Both leaders acknowledged the common aspirations of pursuing economic diversification and recognized the role of the private sectors in enhancing competitiveness and encouraged continued mutual sharing of best practices to identify potential areas of cooperation.
Both leaders underscored the importance in further enhancing bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, particularly in energy, agriculture and fisheries, education, labor, air services, people-to-people exchanges and defense. Both sides also looked forward to explore cooperation in the areas of transnational crimes, extradition and transfer of sentenced persons.
Both leaders also reiterated their commitment to deepen economic relations between Brunei Darussalam and Viet Nam with the objective of reaching a bilateral trade target of US$500 million by the year 2025 and facilitate greater business and investment opportunities between the two countries. Hence, both sides welcomed the signing of the MOU on Economic and Trade Cooperation between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam in supporting efforts to achieve the bilateral trade target.
Both leaders noted the importance of promoting energy cooperation and expressed satisfaction with the energy cooperation between Brunei National Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad (PetroleumBRUNEI) and Viet Nam Oil and Gas Group (PetroViet Nam) and welcomed the recent completion of the Maharaja Lela South platform.
Both leaders noted the progress made in implementing the MOU on Cooperation in Agriculture and Fisheries signed in May 2013. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah expressed appreciation for the exchanges of expertise on rice production as well as other crops, and agreed to consider extension of the exchanges. Both leaders agreed to enhance economic and development cooperation in fisheries sector, and the importance of fostering exchanges and mutual understanding between the two countries.
Both leaders welcomed cooperation in labour and looked forward to negotiations on the MOU on Labor Cooperation.
Both leaders recognized the important role of people-to-people exchanges and welcomed the signings of the MOU on Education Cooperation in April 2014 and the MOU between Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam and FPT University, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in July 2013. Brunei Darussalam expressed appreciation for Viet Nam’s continued participation in the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Programme for ASEAN.
Both leaders highly appreciated connectivity between the two countries and welcomed the resumption of direct flights between Bandar Seri Begawan and Ho Chi Minh City in October 2014 especially in further promoting closer ties between the peoples of Brunei Darussalam and Viet Nam. Both sides also looked forward to the signing of the Agreement on Maritime Transport.
Both leaders welcomed the signing of the MOU on Cultural Cooperation and expressed hope that this will positively contribute to deeper understanding and appreciation of both countries’ heritage and culture.
Both leaders expressed satisfaction with the progress made in defense under the MOU between Royal Brunei Navy and Viet Nam People’s Navy on Bilateral Cooperation signed in December 2013. His Majesty expressed appreciation on Viet Nam’s continued support of Brunei International Tattoo, and Brunei International Shooting Skill-at-Arms Meet (BISAM).
On the regional level, the Sultant expressed appreciation on Viet Nam’s participation in the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Maritime Security and Counter-Terrorism Exercise on 2-12 May 2016 in Bandar Seri Begawan and Singapore. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation between their armed forces, particularly of the Navy and training for the respective military personnel.
Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to upholding peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, including advancing ASEAN community building efforts through the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. To these ends, both sides emphasized the importance of peaceful resolution of disputes in the region.
Both leaders agreed to implement fully and effectively the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) and work closely together towards the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC). Both sides also reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN’s central role in the regional security architecture.
Both sides reiterated their commitment to continue enhancing consultations on areas of common interest in other regional and international fora such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), United Nations (UN) and World Trade Organization (WTO).
Both leaders welcomed the strengthening of economic ties in the region, particularly through the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) on 4 February 2016 and looked forward to the ratification of the TPP by all Parties.
The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam expressed full support for Viet Nam’s Chairmanship of APEC in 2017 and wished the Government and people the very best in their preparations.
The President of Viet Nam expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and kind hospitality accorded to him and his delegation and looked forward to welcoming His Majesty and members of the Royal Family to visit Viet Nam in the near future.