|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks on the phone with Malaysian counterpart Muhyiddin Yassin
PM Phuc congratulated Muhyiddin Yassin for his appointment as the eighth PM of Malaysia and hailed a range of measures taken by the Malaysian government to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also shared Vietnam’s experience in combating the coronavirus epidemic and boosting economic development in the new normal situation while stating his appreciation for the two countries’ coordination in repatriating their citizens over the recent past.
The Vietnamese Government leader thanked Malaysia for its support for Vietnam’s initiatives, as well as ASEAN’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
For his part, Muhyiddin Yassin congratulated Vietnam on its success in the pandemic fight, and applauded the country’s initiatives and leading role in the regional group’s efforts to mitigate socio-economic impacts caused by the pandemic, as demonstrated through the ASEAN Chairman’s Statement 2020 on February 14, and the online Special ASEAN and ASEAN+ 3 Summits on COVID-19 on April 14.
Both leaders consented to promote bilateral ties through all-level meetings, join hands in organizing regular bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the sixth meeting of the joint committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation, and early approve the action programme to implement the strategic partnership for 2020-2025.
Given a host of challenges faced by the region and the world, both sides pledged their greater efforts to soon raise their bilateral trade to US$15 billion, and increase two-way investment in order to retain their position in the top 10 economic partners of each other.
They also concurred to bolster bilateral coordination and offer mutual support at multilateral forums.
PM Muhyiddin Yassin promised to further closer coordination with and support Vietnam in successfully performing the roles of ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.
Malaysia will work to contribute to the success of the upcoming 36th ASEAN Summit, he added.
PM Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s readiness to support Malaysia’s organisation of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in the coming time
Both sides underlined the significance of maintaining peace, stability, freedom and security of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.
They agreed to coordinate efforts to maintain ASEAN’s solidarity and common stance, and accelerate negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) in line with international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).