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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the ASEAN-Russia Summit
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second from right) and leaders at the ASEAN-Russia Summit in Sochi, Russia. Photo: VNA

This was also the first visit of the Prime Minister as head of the Government to attend the Summit of ASEAN with its partner Russia, underscoring Viet Nam’s strong role and responsibility in contributing to promote ASEAN-Russia comprehensive and progressive partnership.

At the Summit, the Prime Minister, Russian and ASEAN leaders discussed big cooperation orientations and put forward priority measures to (i) boost political-security cooperation in fora and regions where ASEAN plays the leading role, particularly on sea security, anti-terrorism and transnational crimes; (ii) bring into full play potential and strength of each side to strengthen economic, trade, investment, energy and tourism relations, including early negotiations on ASEAN-Russia Free Trade Agreement, urge Russia to assist the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, ASEAN Integration Initiative, and Mekong Sub-Region Development Programs, regularly organize ASEAN-Russia Economic-Trade Fair in Russia and (iii) enhance socio-cultural cooperation, give priority to education, science and technology, cultural exchange, exchange of students and youth, respond to climate change and prevent disasters.

The Prime Minister highlighted Viet Nam’s points of view on the East Sea and affirmed that peace and security in the East Sea had an essential significance towards peace and security in the region and the world.

The Prime Minister emphasized the urgent demand for concerned countries to exercise restraint, stop unilateral actions that change the status quo in the East Sea, contrary to Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) as well as international law, not militarize, push forward dialogues and negotiations to resolve disputes and early make substantive results on the Code of Conduct (COC), respect international diplomatic and legal procedures and step up measures to build trust and preventive diplomacy.

During the Summit, the Prime Minister met with Russian President Putin, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Decho Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsian Loong, Malaysia Prime Minister Naijb Rabak and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

At the meetings and contacts, both sides discussed measures and orientation to promote bilateral relations.

At the meeting with Russian President Putin, the two sides highly valued positive results in bilateral relations in the past time and agreed to continue close cooperation, raise trade turnover, effectively implement the Viet Nam- Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement, achieve US$ 10 billion by 2020, facilitate investment, develop tourism, enhance effectiveness of key cooperation programs and projects on energy, oil and gas, nuclear electricity, security-defense cooperation, and education and training.

At the meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister, both sides reached consensus on early completion and signing of judiciary assistance, services, aviation and education, proactively boost cooperation in investment, trade, sea, and ocean, share information and experience on anti-pirate, salvage and rescue and reconsider reception of Vietnamese laborers to Malaysia.

At the meeting with Thai Prime Minister, the two sides agreed to implement contents and agreements reached at the third Viet Nam-Thailand Joint Cabinet Meeting in July 2015 and Program of Action on Strategic Partnership for the period of 2014-2018.

At the meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, the two Prime Minister agreed to effectively realize agreements on trade, investment, and tourism. Efforts are to be made to address remaining issues, namely land border delineation and marker post planning, legal status of Vietnamese overseas and remove difficulties on mechanism and policies for Vietnamese investors in Cambodia.

At the meeting with Indonesian President, both sides laid stress on continuing to exchanges visits of all levels, strengthen security and defense cooperation, remove obstacle to raise trade turnover to US$ 8 billion by 2018, and step up negotiation on delineation of exclusive economic zone.

At the meeting with Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, both sides affirmed to continue every effort to bring bilateral relations to a new height and effectiveness, especially in investment and trade, consolidate activities of the Inter-Governmental Committee and coordination at fora in the region and the world.

At his meeting with Singapore Prime Minister, the two sides expressed elation the development of Viet Nam-Singapore Strategic Partnership. In 2015, the two-way trade turnover increased by 10%, reaching US$ 16 billion. Singapore is the 4th largest investor in Viet Nam with a total investment capital of US$ 36.5 billion.

At bilateral meetings and contacts, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Russian and ASEAN leaders discussed regional issues including the East Sea. They all confirmed the importance of abiding by international law and regional agreements to ensure peace, stability, security, and navigation and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea.

Also within the framework of the Summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and ASEAN and Russian leaders received representatives of ASEAN and Russian businesses participating in the ASEAN-Russia Business Forum, met with representatives of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and ASEAN Secretariat and discussed integration and connectivity of Asia-Europe economy with South East Asia.

Though the ASEAN-Russia Summit took place within two days, it did not only achieve outstanding results with new concrete measures to further develop ASEAN-Russia partnership and dialogue but also bore deep imprint of Viet Nam, a proactive, active and responsible member for the prosperity of ASEAN Community.

Synthesized by editor