Updated: 06/01/2013 06:06

Singapore, Vietnam hail bilateral relations

Singapore, Vietnam hail bilateral relations

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung have lauded the strong and multi-faceted bilateral relationship between their two countries, which will be elevated to a Strategic Partnership this year. 

This in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations. 

Both leaders noted the good progress on the Strategic Partnership Agreement negotiations, and looked forward to the signing of the Agreement during Prime Minister Lee's Official Visit to Vietnam later this year. 

On the economic front, both Prime Ministers noted the extensive bilateral economic ties, and agreed to strengthen bilateral trade and investment linkages. 

Meeting in Singapore, both Prime Ministers also exchanged views on regional and global issues. 

On the developments in the South China Sea, they noted the importance of the early commencement of discussions on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea between ASEAN and China. 

Prime Minister Dung called on and was hosted to lunch by Mr Lee at the Istana this afternoon. 

Prime Minister Dung also called on President Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana.

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