SINGAPORE - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on Wednesday, Sept 12. During the talks, both leaders agreed to work towards signing a Strategic Partnership agreement in 2013, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between both countries.
The Strategic Partnership agreement will elevate the existing links between Singapore and Vietnam, and open up new directions for cooperation in various areas, including education and defence.
To ensure the long-term growth and prosperity of the region, both countries agreed to work together to realise the goal of building an ASEAN Community by 2015.
Both leaders also discussed the situation in the South China Sea, and agreed it should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law. They also hoped that ASEAN-China discussions on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) could commence as soon as possible.
Mr Nguyen is on official visit to Singapore from Sept 12 to 14 at the invitation of PM Lee.