Aug 29, 2019 / 09:06

Vietnam president receives Malaysia PM

The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong expected the two countries to prioritize trade, investment, and people-to-people exchange.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad paid a courtesy call on General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on August 28.
Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: VNA
Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: VNA

It was the first meeting between Vietnam’s President Nguyen Phu Trong and Dr Mahathir since the Malaysian leader became the seventh prime minister of Malaysia in May 2018.

Dr Mahathir was accompanied by Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and the Malaysian Ambassador to Vietnam Datuk Shariffah Norhana Syed Mustaffa.

The meeting is part of Dr Mahathir’s three-day visit to Vietnam beginning on Monday [August 26].

At the meeting, Trong welcomed the visit of the Malaysian government leader, hoping it contributes to enhancing the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The Vietnamese president reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of attaching importance to the strategic partnership with Malaysia, and urged the countries to intensify co-operation in all fields, especially those with potential such as economy, trade, investment and people-to-people exchange.

Trong proposed that the two countries strengthen collaboration in the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other regional and international forums for the sake of peace, stability, co-operation and development in the region and the world. 

PM Mahathir stressed that the two countries share many similarities and both hold important roles and positions which are favorable for cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral issues, including the South China Sea, thus contributing to maintaining peace, stability and co-operation in the region, as well as to building a strong and united ASEAN Community. 

The Malaysian PM expressed his wish to promote comprehensive cooperation between the two countries in all fields, and increase the exchange of delegations, particularly high-ranking ones, and people-to-people exchange for sharing experience in governance and corruption prevention and combat.