State welcome for President Sang in Singapore

President Truong Tan Sang was given a State welcome at the Istana Palace in Singapore on the afternoon of September 26 to begin a three-day State visit.

Following the welcome ceremony, President Sang met Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam who highlighted Sang’s selection of Singapore as the first country to visit after becoming the President of Vietnam. 

He said he hopes the visit will be a success, making important contributions to bringing the friendship and all-around cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam to a new height. 

Mr. Sang expressed hope that his visit will help strengthen Vietnam-Singapore relations. 

Both host and guest expressed delight at the rapid and strong development in the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries over the years.

They agreed to increase the exchange of high-ranking delegations, especially at ministerial level, to promote mutual understanding and trust as well as cooperation in each sector and each field of activity. 

The two leaders expressed their satisfaction at effective results of the implementation of a framework agreement on Vietnam-Singapore Connectivity and agreed to set up more Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP) in Vietnam. 

President Sang spoke highly of Singapore’s role as the leading investment and trade partner of Vietnam in recent years. 

Meanwhile, the Singaporean President said his country’s businesses are satisfied with Vietnam’s business and investment environment and will continue expanding cooperative economic relations with Vietnam. 

Both leaders reached a consensus on enhancing cooperation in defence, security, tourism, culture and other fields. 

The two leaders affirmed their commitment to closer coordination within the framework of regional and international cooperation, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+1, ASEAN+2, ASEAN+3, East Asia Summit (EAS), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. 

President Sang invited President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife to visit Vietnam at a convenient time. 

Later the same day, President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife gave a banquet in honour of President Sang, his wife and his entourage.

** Also on September 26, President Sang met with Singaporean former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore.

Both sides expressed pleasure at the fine development of friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

They highlighted the effective implementation of the Vietnam-Singapore Connectivity Framework Agreement and agreed that cooperation in national defence and security, education and training and tourism should be further developed to bring the two countries’ relations to a new height.

They exchanged views on regional issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea, and agreed that related parties should abide by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, strictly implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work towards building the Code of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (COC).

They also agreed to boost cooperation in negotiations for accession to the Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

President Sang spoke highly of former PM Lee’s contributions to Singapore’s development.

He praised Singapore’s ongoing position as one of Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partners.

Former PM Lee expressed his belief that President Sang’s visit will make important contributions to boosting relations between the two countries. He also said that the two sides should continue boosting cooperation at regional and international forums, including ASEAN and its partners.

VNA/VOV