Vietnam-Malaysia friendship and cooperation strengthened

The official visit to Vietnam by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the first since Mahathir took office in May 2018, has further strengthened the friendship and extensive cooperation between the two countries.
The visit on August 26-28 took place in the context of positive developments in Vietnam-Malaysia ties. Political relations are growing close and trustful through the maintenance of visit exchanges and effective operation of bilateral cooperative mechanisms.

Collaboration across the fields from economics-trade to defense-security, labor and tourism, is expanding.

Malaysia expressed its support for Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2020 and non-permanent membership in the United Nation Security Council for the term 2020-2021. Vietnam affirmed its support for Malaysia’s hosting of APEC 2020.

The two countries have effectively coordinated at regional and international forums, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN).

The bilateral cooperation also has reached fruitful achievements in many fields. Vietnam currently has around 29,000 workers legally working in Malaysia. In November last year, the two sides held the first meeting of their Joint Working Group on the sidelines of the 25th ASEAN Labor Ministers’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur to discuss ways to implement their 2015 MoU on labor cooperation. 

 On August 27, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a welcoming ceremony for Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
during his official visit to Vietnam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 Hanoi children welcome the two Prime Ministers. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Before their talks. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA

The two leaders hold talks. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

They witness the signing of the exchange of letters on the establishment
of the Malaysia- Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Group. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

 They also witness the signing of a letter of intent on the signing of an MoU on cooperation
in legal enforcement and search and rescue at sea between the two nations. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong receives Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

 The Malaysian leader visits FPT group. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA

He test drives a model of VinFast, a car manufactured by Vietnam. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA

The Malaysian leader visits Yamaha Motor Vietnam’s plant. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA

Prime Minister Phuc has a farewell meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

Regarding education, Vietnam and Malaysia also signed an MoU on education in March this year, which replaced the deal inked in 2004. More than 1,000 Vietnamese students are studying in Malaysia.

With a tourism cooperation deal signed in as early as 1994, Malaysia has now become the 7th largest source of visitors to Vietnam, with more than 540,000 Malaysians traveling to Vietnam in 2018, up 12.4% from 2017.

Petro Vietnam and Petronas Malaysia have partnered up since 1991 in oil and gas exploration, processing and service. The two companies are implementing 10 joint projects with a total output of 72,000 tanks/day.

Two- way trade between Vietnam and Malaysia reached 13.3 billion US dollars in 2018.

The two countries have regularly coordinated and supported each other at regional and international forums, and are working closely in promoting the building of the ASEAN Community.

Vietnam and Malaysia have consecutively deepened and reinforced their relations to bring common prosperity and benefit to both peoples and also contribute to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world.

Story: VNP - Photos: VNA

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