OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM, 16 – 17 MAY 2019

The Foreign Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah arrived in Hanoi for a two-day official visit to Vietnam, the maiden visit to Vietnam since assuming the post of Foreign Minister on 2 July 2018.

This visit is aimed to provide an opportunity to discuss wide-ranging scope of bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest, as well to reinforce the commitment in strengthening the Framework of the Strategic Partnership, which both countries signed in August 2015.

The visit began with a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Phạm Bình Minh, followed by a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Vietnam, H.E. Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

In the bilateral meeting, Foreign Ministers of Malaysia and Vietnam are pleased with the comprehensive and sustainable advancement of the bilateral ties since 1973 and agreed to increase delegation exchanges across various levels and channels.

On trade and investment, both Ministers have also agreed to enhance economic ties, aiming to raise bilateral trade to USD 15 billion or more by the year 2020.

Malaysia and Vietnam also agreed to find new modalities to prevent further encroachment into Malaysian waters by Vietnamese fishing vessels.

Both countries also agreed to continue close coordination on the multilateral fronts such as the UN, WTO, APEC and ASEM, accelerate regional economic connectivity through trade agreements such as the CPTPP and the RCEP, in which Malaysia and Vietnam are both signatories.

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