Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son on April 16 held phone talks with his
Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan,
during which the two sides consented to closely coordinate, contributing to
enhancing trade and investment ties between the two countries.
congratulated Son on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam,
and lauded the country’s performance in COVID-19 prevention and control, as
well as socio-economic development and diplomacy.
Singapore attaches great
importance to the strategic partnership with Vietnam, he affirmed.
Son, for his part,
spoke highly of cooperation efficiency between the two countries across
spheres, emphasising that Singapore was Vietnam’s largest investor last year
despite the pandemic.
He suggested the two
sides continue with all-level delegation exchanges when possible, effectively
implement bilateral cooperation mechanisms, firstly the 15th Vietnam-Singapore Connectivity Ministerial Meeting and the 14th political
consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level.
The minister used the occasion
to thank Singapore for supporting Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020, and
non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021.
The two ministers
agreed to step up cooperation within the framework of ASEAN and multilateral
forums, for peace, stability and cooperation in the region.
invitations to visit their respective countries at a convenient time./.