Vietnamese FM attends India-ASEAN foreign ministers’ special meeting

Vietnam, June 17 –

Ministers of ASEAN and India pose for a group photo on the sidelines of the Special Meeting of the ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers (SAIFMM) in New Delhi on Thursday. —image

NEW DELHI – Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh attended the Special Meeting of India and ASEAN Foreign Ministers (SAIFMM) in New Delhi on Thursday marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-India relations.

During his speech at the event, Foreign Minister Sun highlighted the long-standing traditional relationship between India and Southeast Asia and the strong development of relations, saying that the two sides have scored important achievements over the past 30 years.

He said it is time for ASEAN and India to raise their strategic relationship and comprehensive cooperation to a higher level, thus contributing to peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world.

The Vietnamese official suggested that ASEAN and India should join hands and continue to promote common values ​​between the two sides, enhance dialogue and cooperation and build trust, coordinate differences, reduce differences, reduce disputes, and make positive contributions to peace, stability and development. in the region.

Sun stressed the need for the two sides to enhance support for each other in improving health capabilities, coordinate for effective implementation of the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement, and expand cooperation in digital transformation, innovation and development of the sub-region, including the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC).

He appreciated India’s support for ASEAN’s position on the East Sea, and called on India to support ASEAN’s efforts to build the East Sea into a sea of ​​peace, stability, cooperation and environmental friendliness, and to contribute to peace, security and prosperity in the region and the world. the world as a whole.

During the meeting, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar emphasized that ASEAN is an important pillar not only of the ‘Act in the East’ policy, but also of the overall foreign policy and the status of the Indo-Pacific Initiative (IPOI) in India. .

He said India supports ASEAN’s central role in the regional architecture, noting that his country attaches great importance to its close relationship with ASEAN and is willing to elevate ASEAN-India relations into a comprehensive strategic partnership.

The ASEAN Ministers highlighted the centuries-old traditional relationship between India and Southeast Asia, which laid the foundation for the progress of ASEAN-India relations over the past three decades.

The ministers agreed to work together to enhance relations between ASEAN and India to make effective contributions to peace, security and stability in the region.

ASEAN and India agreed to continue prioritizing recovery and improving health capacities; ensuring an adequate supply of vaccines and medicines; promoting sustainable maritime cooperation; responding to terrorism, transnational crime and extreme violence; Strengthen economic and trade exchanges in order to achieve the target of $200 billion in bilateral trade volume, and effectively implement the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement.

The two sides will also enhance cooperation in tourism, culture and people-to-people exchanges. Application of science and technology, digital transformation. Expand cooperation in energy transformation, response to climate change, and green and sustainable development.

ASEAN and India affirmed their continued coordination in maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea.

Jaishankar reiterated his country’s support for the principled position of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the East Sea, saying that India supports ASEAN in promoting dialogue and confidence-building, fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and building an effective and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea that is consistent With international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Earlier in the same day, Foreign Minister Sun paid a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Viet Nam, Indonesia and Brunei agree to strengthen ties

Minister Sen held bilateral meetings with his Indonesian and Bruneian counterparts on Thursday in the framework of SAIFMM.

During their meeting, Foreign Minister Sun and Indonesian Minister Retno Marsudi discussed measures to strengthen bilateral relations in the post-COVID-19 period. They agreed to closely coordinate to prepare for high-level visits and the Fourth Conference of the Vietnam-Indonesia Joint Cooperation Committee in 2022.

The two sides reached consensus on advancing cooperation between ministries, agencies and sectors, especially in the field of economic trade, in order to achieve practical benefits for individuals and companies in both countries.

The two sides also took a look at approaching and settling regional and international issues on the basis of respect for international law for the common goal of peace, stability, cooperation and development.

Meanwhile, Sein and Brunei’s Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato’ Eriwan Bhen Yusuf agreed to work together to hold activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, promote high-level visits and organize the Second Vietnam-Brunei Joint Conference. Cooperation Committee for the next time.

They agreed to soon resume direct air services between HCM City in Viet Nam and Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, to facilitate exchanges between people.

FM Sơn took advantage of the occasion to ask Brunei to further facilitate the import of Vietnamese goods, especially agricultural products, aquatic products and food that meet halal standards.

The Brunei minister suggested that the two sides enhance cooperation in aquaculture and rice production in the context of the world’s response to the food security crisis. – VNS

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