Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam in a congratulatory letter
to his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang expressed the hope that
Singapore and Vietnam should use the Strategic Partnership to take
their relations to greater heights.

Sources
from Singapore’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that
Singapore-Vietnam bilateral relations will be elevated to a Strategic
Partnership this September during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s visit
to Vietnam .

The Singaporean President, in
his letter of congratulations to his Vietnamese counterpart on the
occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the two
countries’ diplomatic relations on August 1, said the bilateral ties
have taken great leaps forward in the past four decades with Singapore
being one of Vietnam’s largest investor and people-to-people links being
robust.

In his letter to his Vietnamese
counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, Singapore ’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien
Loong said the Strategic Partnership will pave the way for even stronger
relations in the future.

He added that the
four successful Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks reflect both
countries’ excellent economic ties and he looks forward to opening the
fifth such park during his visit to Vietnam this September.

Singapore’s Foreign Minister K Shanmugam also sent
a congratulatory letter to his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh,
saying Singapore and Vietnam work closely at various regional and
international fora, including ASEAN.

He said,
both countries share many common interests, including the importance of
strengthening ASEAN to maintain regional peace and stability, and they
are working more closely than ever in a wide range of areas such as
defence, education, and arts and culture.

The Singaporean
chief diplomat reaffirmed that economic cooperation between the two
countries will continue to grow, buttressed by the Singapore-Vietnam
Connectivity Framework Agreement.-VNA

By vivian