PM calls for stricter adherence to international law

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for more cooperation between India and ASEAN to promote compliance with international law in settling disputes peacefully and building up trust while strengthening trade and investment.

The call was made during Phuc's meetings with ASEAN, US and Indian leaders and at the East Asian Summit in Vientiane, Laos.

Regarding ASEAN US relations, PM Phuc welcomed US commitments to ASEAN and called for more cooperation to help lower stream Mekong river countries to better cope with climate change impact and use water resources more sustainably.

Speaking at the East Asian Summit, the Vietnamese government leader committed to consolidating trust for peace and mutual benefits. He considered the East Sea disputes as requiring compliance with international law while not deploying military actions while respecting the Declaration on Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

He urged parties involved to show goodwill to ensure peace, stability, cooperation and development. 

He said parties should not use force or threaten to use force and should settle conflicts by international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc assured that Vietnam and other ASEAN countries will strive to enhance the bloc’s central role in building trust, keeping peace, and exerting the partners’ greater efforts towards the goals in line with common interests. 

In conclusion, East Asian leaders approved the Vientiane statement on infrastructure development cooperation and the EAS statement to tackle the migration crisis and human trafficking.  

On the sidelines of the summits, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and other leaders attended a ceremony approving a joint statement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. 

The 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related meetings concluded later on September 8. Laos handed over the 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship to the Philippines. 

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his delegation left Vientiane after attending the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits in Laos.