Vietnam, Bangladesh convene first political consultation

Monday, 2017-08-07 11:17:37
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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy (second from right) at the Vietnam-Bangladesh first political consultation in Dhaka, August 6. (Credit: VOV)
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NDO/VNA – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Bangladeshi counterpart Md. Shahidul Haque co-chaired the first political consultation between Vietnam and Bangladesh, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on August 6.

With regards to their political ties, the two sides agreed to accelerate the exchange of high-level visits and the Bangladeshi side expressed their wish to welcome President Tran Dai Quang for an official visit soon.

Concerning the economic and investment sphere, they agreed to continuously facilitate their businesses’ market research and investment promotion, towards achieving the set two-way trade turnover goal of US$1 billion.

They also pledged to accelerate the implementation of the commercial rice deal in 2017-2022 and explore the possibility of cooperation in manufacturing and assembling motorbikes. Bangladesh suggested that Vietnam considers importing its medicine and potatoes.

They affirmed that they will strive for negotiations for the extension of the memorandum of understanding on agriculture cooperation signed in 2014 and share experience in agriculture and animal and fish farming.

Regarding security-defence, Bangladesh proposed that the two sides enhance the exchange of information related to anti-terrorism and share experience in the maintenance of aircraft, while agreeing with Vietnam’s proposal on sharing experience in participating in the United Nation’s peacekeeping missions.

In addition, the two sides agreed to step up education cooperation, share experience in development and poverty reduction and sign a new cultural exchange programme, as well as studying the opening of a direct flight route or share fight hops, aimed at boosting trade-investment cooperation and people’s contact.

They asserted to work closely at regional and international forums and support each other at international organisations. Bangladesh took note of Vietnam’s proposal of supporting the country in its bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and its candidate to run for the Director General of UNESCO in 2017-2022.

The two sides spoke frankly about regional and international issues of shared concern. Vietnam acknowledged and highly values Bangladesh’s viewpoints on the East Sea issue. Bangladesh stated that it has attached importance to the maintenance of peace, stability, freedom, security and safety of navigation in and overflight over the East Sea, and supported the settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law and seriously abiding by the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, whilst striving for a sustainable and peaceful solution to the issue.

On the same day, Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Dinh Quy visted Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Rashed Khan Menon and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam.

They all expressed their belief that the relations between the two countries will continue thriving in the near future based on their close ties throughout history and tradition, and their potential and strengths.