12/08/2015 15:11 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

New Era of Vietnam – Malaysia Relations

On August 7, 2015, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysian counterpart NajibRazak signed the joint statement on the Vietnam-Malaysia Strategic Partnership framework. The Malaysian leader said that the decision of the two countries’ leaders on upgrading their existing relations to a strategic partnership level opens a new era for Vietnam- Malaysia Relations.
The special imprint during his two- day official visit to Malaysia of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was the decision to upgrade the existing Vietnam-Malaysia comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership level. That was outcome of a reliable, effective and comprehensive cooperation which has developed in depth.

During the visit, the two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in the many fields of politics, security – defence, economics and especially in key sectors of oil and gas, liquefied gas, electronics, household utensil production and food processing. They agreed on the need of a cooperation mechanism at the deputy foreign ministerial level to address sea- and ocean-related issues; the establishment of a hotline on illegal fishing, and joint patrols at borders and overlapping sea areas.

Malaysian Prime Minister NajibRazak welcomes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Talks between the two prime ministers. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has a retreat meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister NajibRazak. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

The two leaders are pleased with the new level – strategic partnership of the two countries. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat
Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attends a dialogue with members
of the ASEAN Business Club and Malaysian large groups. Photo: Duc Tam/VNA

In terms of regional and international issues, they agreed to boost unity and maintain the central role and common voice of ASEAN in big matters related to security and the interest of each country and the region, especially in the context when the ASEAN Economic Community will come into being by the end of this year.

The two Prime Ministers shared concerns over recent developments in the East Sea, which have negatively affected trust as well as peace, security and stability in the region; reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea and tackling all disputes on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea.

They emphasised the essential role of the parties involved to fully implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, restrain themselves and avoid any actions that accelerate tensions in the region, including coercing or using force to unilaterally change the status quo, and work towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung appreciated Malaysia’s point of view and positive contributions as a country also claiming sovereignty in the East Sea and as the Chair of ASEAN in 2015.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on licensing in principle for CIMB bank, labour cooperation and cooperation between Petro Vietnam and Petronas.