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Malaysia, Vietnam to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Malaysia, Vietnam to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

During the 6th Joint Commission Meeting (6th JCM) between Malaysia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam held virtually on 15 November 2021, both nations agreed to strengthen bilateral ties, starting with the reopening of borders soon.

Both sides called for the reinvigorating of the Malaysia-Vietnam ties affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other topics discussed, the two parties paid attention to vaccine development as well as the Halal industry.

The event was co-chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Dato Saifuddin Abdullah and his counterpart H.E. Bui Thanh Son of Vietnam.

“The Meeting was held in a warm and cordial atmosphere, reflecting the long-standing close relations between the two countries. Both sides had a fruitful discussion and extensive exchange of views on a wide range of bilateral and international issues. Both sides reaffirmed their commitments to further strengthening bilateral cooperation, including among others post COVID-19 recovery, reopening of borders, vaccine development as well as the Halal industry,” says Wisma Putra in a media release today.

The Plan of Action (POA) 2021-2025 for the Implementation of the Framework for Strategic Partnership between Malaysia and Vietnam was also adopted.

The POA among others set a target of achieving total bilateral trade of USD18 billion by 2025. Towards achieving this target, Malaysia and Vietnam looked forward to increasing two-way investments and encouraged expansive business-to-business ventures.