PM's visit - a strong impulse for Vietnam-Brunei comprehensive partnership: Ambassador
|Vietnam Ambassador to Brunei Tran Van Khoa granted an interview to the World and Vietnam Report on the significance and main agenda of the PM’s visit to Brunei from February 10-11.|
At the invitation of the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, his Spouse and high-level delegation of Vietnam will pay an official visit to Brunei from February 10-11.
On this occasion, Vietnam Ambassador to Brunei Tran Van Khoa granted an interview to the World and Vietnam Report on the significance and main agenda of the visit.
The Ambassador said the visit holds great significance for the following reasons.
Firstly, it is the first official visit to Brunei by PM Pham Minh Chinh at his new position after the 13th National Party Congress as well as in the post-COVID-19 period. This is also the first official trip to Brunei by a PM in nearly 16 years.
“The visit will create a strong impulse for further intensifying the two countries’ comprehensive partnership – a prominent economic partner and a place where Vietnam was admitted as the seventh member of ASEAN in July 1995”, said Ambassador Tran Van Khoa.
Secondly, the visit takes place amid growing bilateral relations, following the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties (1992-2022). During the visit, the Prime Minister will have meeting with the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam to set up orientations for promoting bilateral cooperation in all aspects, thereby helping to effectively implement the comprehensive partnership, he noted.
Thirdly, the official visit is a move to implement Vietnam’s foreign policy and shows the importance Vietnam attaches to the ties with Brunei as well as other ASEAN members.
|Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh meet the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah. (Photo: VNA)|
For the last 30 years, Vietnam and Brunei have witnessed important strides in their relations in all fields, from politics, economy, and trade to culture and people-to-people exchange, the Ambassador added.
Since bilateral ties were officially established in 1992 and upgraded to a comprehensive partnership in 2019, they have become increasingly close-knit, enhanced political trust and cooperation, and maintained mutual support at multilateral forums.
Bilateral trade has been on the rise after the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing the target of 500 million USD ahead of schedule for 2025, he went on, adding that the countries launched the negotiations on agreements on security and anti-transnational crime cooperation in 2019.
The diplomat also highlighted collaboration in education, culture, and people-to-people exchange.
In the coming time, he suggested, the two sides should carry out the outcomes to be obtained during the PM’s coming visit; keep fostering the comprehensive partnership, especially tapping into every economic cooperation potential; and continue contributing to the solidarity of ASEAN for the sake of regional and global peace, stability, and development.