Sunday, August 19, 2007

Vietnam Defines Relations with ASEAN Neighbors

Vietnam Defines Relations with ASEAN Neighbors

Martin Hacthoun

Hanoi, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung defined the tone of Vietnam's relations with its neighbors of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), during his recent regional tour.

And that tone is of good neighborhood, cooperation and promotion of economic and trade ties based on transparent political dialogue.

Dzung visited Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar and Brunei, where he ratified the great meaning of his tour, as it was his first trip as a prime minister, he noted.

During the tour, Vietnam signed cooperation agreements at the governmental level, including an action plan for the 2007-2010 period, and memorandums of understanding on cultural exchange with Indonesia and the Philippines.

The prime minister also penned agreements to prevent double taxation and on sports collaboration with Brunei, a country with which economic ties have not reached their entire potential.

The two countries decided to strengthen trade and tourist ties, investments and collaboration in the oil and gas sectors.

In Myanmar, Dzung and local authorities agreed to boost cooperation on trade, agriculture and fishing, and inked a protocol on oil collaboration.

The Vietnamese prime minister also met with local businesspeople, and witnessed the signing of contracts worth billions of dollars. In Singapore alone, the accords signed are worth 1.2 billion dollars.

In all the meetings, the hosts reaffirmed their support for Vietnam's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and all parties backed the plans to set up the ASEAN Community in 2015.