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Vietnam, Brunei agree on maintaining joint committee on cooperation

Valerie Mai Valerie Mai

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April 14, 2021 | 11:05

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held a phone talk with Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof on April 13.

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Vietnam, Brunei agree on maintaining joint committee on cooperation
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Photo: Lao Dong)

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held a phone talk with Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof on April 13, during which both agreed to regularly and effectively maintain the nations’ mechanism of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation.

At their phone call, the Brunei minister congratulated Son on his appointment as Foreign Minister, praised Vietnam’s attainments in pandemic prevention and socio-economic development as well as outstanding achievements in external relations, including its 2020 ASEAN chairmanship and the position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020 – 2021.

Minister Son, meanwhile, spoke highly of the two nations lifting of their ties to comprehensive partnership on the occasion of the Sultan of Brunei’s visit to Vietnam in 2019 and expressed his delight at the sound development of the two countries cooperation, particularly in a trade last year despite COVID-19, said Vietnam Plus.

Vietnam, Brunei agree on maintaining joint committee on cooperation
Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof (Photo: UN)

The ministers agreed to soon build an action plan to implement the comprehensive partnership for the next five years and regularly and effectively maintain the nations’ mechanism of the joint committee on bilateral cooperation while studying to establish a political consultation mechanism and signing a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two foreign ministries as soon as possible.

Vietnam Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Dato Erywan Pehin Yusofalso concurred on boosting the two nations’ cooperation in trade and investment.

On this occasion, Son thanked Brunei and other ASEAN member states for supporting Vietnam in holding its role as ASEAN Chair in 2020 and as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020 – 2021, VOV cited.

The Foreign Minister affirmed that Vietnam actively backs Brunei’s ASEAN chairmanship this year. He then invited Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof to visit Vietnam at a convenient time. The Brunei minister accepted the invitation with pleasure.

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