Vietnam, Malaysia look to sign deal on sea patrols

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Vietnam and Malaysia agreed to speed up negotiations on a sea patrol agreement at a meeting between President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Najib Tun Abdul Razak in Malaysia Wednesday.

The two leaders also agreed to cooperate in fighting transnational criminals and to establish a communication channel between the countries' military forces.

Regarding the East Sea issues, they agreed that related countries need to comply with the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) 2002, and make progresses towards creating the regional Code of Conduct in South China Sea.

Before starting his visit to Malaysia, Sang visited Singapore for three days and met with Prime Minisster Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday.

The high-ranking officials agreed to strengthen the cooperation between Vietnam and Singapore in various fields.

That day, they also witnessed Cao Khoa, chairman of the central province of Quang Ngai's People's Committee, sign a memorandum of understanding on building an industrial zone with Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park J.V.Co.Ltd.

During his stay in Singapore, Sang met with Singaporean businesses, calling for more investment into Vietnam.

He also attended the unveiling of the statue of Vietnam first president Ho Chi Minh at the Asian Civilization Museum.

The statue was among the first markers in Singapore's National Heritage Boards' Friends to Our Shore series, which aimed to commemorate renowned overseas personalities who had visited Singapore.

According to Singaporean records, the Vietnamese leader visited the state country in May 1930, and again in January 1933.

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