ASEAN+3 meetings have borne great fruit: FM Khiem

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem held bilateral meetings with other foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting...

JAKARTA — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem held bilateral meetings with other foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing 44th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings in Bali, Indonesia, with the aim of boosting bilateral co-operation.

ASEAN plus China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN+3) talks had borne great fruit, Khiem said.

In his address, Khiem emphasised that ASEAN+3 should focus on implementing co-operation up to 2017.

Khiem stressed the importance of strengthening financial and monetary co-operation particularly on the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralisation agreement and with mobilising broader private sector participation in developing the Asian Bond Markets Initiative. He also said it was vital to promote macroeconomic and financial policy co-ordination, while improving the region's banking system.

He said it was important to promote further co-operation on trade, investment, tourism, transport, infrastructure development at bilateral and regional levels.

Khiem also stressed the need to ensure a road map was worked out for the Free Trade Area (FTA+1) agreement between ASEAN + 3, while boosting regional economic co-operation and conducting feasibility studies on the East Asia free trade area.

He expressed his hope that ASEAN would co-ordinate closely with China, Japan and South Korea on implementing a master plan on ASEAN conductivity and strengthening co-operation on meeting global challenges such as food and energy security, environmental degradation, climate change and infectious diseases.

Khiem also held meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of ASEAN foreign ministers meetings with partners in Bali yesterday.

Khiem and Clinton expressed their pleasure at the positive developments in the Viet Nam-US co-operation in various fields, including economics, trade, security, science and technology, education and humanitarian activities.

They officially agreed that the two countries would continue to boost bilateral ties to the level of a strategic partnership. They also discussed co-operation in multilateral and regional forums, including non-proliferation of weapons of destruction, Mekong River water source security and maritime security.

The Vietnamese Deputy PM applauded US participation at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum, and highly valued its co-operation on the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI).

He affirmed Viet Nam's support for strengthening the ties between the US and ASEAN towards the level of a strategic partnership.

Meanwhile, Clinton affirmed that the US government would continue to strengthen relations with ASEAN, while contributing to peace, stability and development in the region.

During talks with Lavrov, Khiem exchange views on the two countries' relations, as well as international and regional issues of common concern. The two sides spoke highly of recent developments in their traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership, highlighted by the visit to Viet Nam of President Dmitry Medvedev in November 2010.

They expressed their pleasure with growing bilateral ties in economics, trade, energy co-operation, oil and gas, telecommunications, science and technology, the upgrading of the Co-chair of the Viet Nam-Russia Intergovernmental Committee to the Deputy PM level and the favourable initial results of credit negotiations for Viet Nam's first nuclear power plant.

The two sides discussed preparations for the upcoming visit to Viet Nam by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the fourth round of strategic dialogue on diplomacy, security and defence between the two countries, as well as measures to strengthen co-operation between the two foreign ministries and the establishment of the Viet Nam-Russia University of Technology in Viet Nam.

Khiem and Lavrov expressed the wish that concerned parties would solve disputes in the East Sea through peaceful negotiations on the basis of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).

They praised the recent adoption by ASEAN and China of draft guidelines for the implementation of the DOC. — VNS

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