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Vietnamese, Singaporean FMs hold talks in Hanoi to promote bilateral relations

(Xinhua)

08:55, September 09, 2011

HANOI, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Singaporean counterpart K. Shanmugam to promote bilateral relations here on Thursday.

Minh highly praised Shanmugam's four-day visit in Vietnam, which started on Sept. 8 at his invitation, saying the visit would be of significance in promoting relations between the two countries.

Shanmugam expressed his pleasure to visit Vietnam and thanked the host for the warm welcome. He also said that he was impressed by Vietnam's achievements in social and economic development, and would closely cooperate with his Vietnamese counterpart in the coming time.

The two foreign ministers affirmed that Vietnam and Singapore would continue developing their friendly relations and all-round cooperation in the spirit of the Vietnam-Singapore joint statement on all-round cooperation in the 21st century, which was signed by both sides in 2004.

They discussed on orientations and measures to promote bilateral cooperative relations, including co-ordination in preparing for the coming official visit to Singapore by Vietnamese President, which is expected to open new opportunities for further cooperation between the two sides.

They also evaluated the annual political consultation meeting at the foreign ministerial level and agreed that the 6th consultation meeting would be held in Singapore in late 2011.

Both sides expressed satisfaction at effective cooperation between the two countries in trade and investment and highly appreciated the implementation of the Vietnam-Singapore Economic Connectivity Agreement, saying both sides would continue to expand their connectivity in urban management and human resource development.

Other areas of cooperation, including education, tourism, culture and people-to-people exchange, were also discussed.

On the same day, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Shanmugam at the government office.

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