Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last Tuesday as part of his official visit to Singapore After the Paris Agreement on Ending the War and Restoring Peace in Vietnam was signed in January 1973, Singapore was one of the first nations to forge diplomatic ties with Vietnam. The two countries’ relations developed favourably, with a first official visit to Singapore by Vietnam’s late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong in January 1978 and a joint statement affirming key principles guiding the Vietnam-Singapore relationship. In the early 1990s, as the regional and international situation changed and Vietnam implemented its open-door policy, the two countries’ relationship improved quickly, especially after Vietnam joined ASEAN in 1995. Ever since, Singapore has been Vietnam’s reliable friend and a close partner in the region, always supporting Vietnam’s development and international integration. During Vietnam’s economic reform, Singapore’s late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was always a friend to Vietnam and often provided valuable advice for the country to develop. From initial co-operation mechanisms such as the Vietnam-Singapore Co-operation Council (May 1993), the co-ordination group in charge of guiding the two countries’ economic co-operation (April 1994), the… Read full this story
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