Vietnam PM calls for greater ASEAN co-operation

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The Vietnamese prime minister Friday called for ASEAN +3 nations to focus resources on implementing the 2007-2017 cooperation plan in general and strengthening financial and monetary coopration in particular.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung was speaking at the 14th ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and South Korea) Summit in Bali.

Dung also suggested the countries should improve their ties in trade, investment, tourism, transport, and infrastructure development.

The Vietnam News Agency reported that leaders attending the summit pledged to improve ties in many areas, including dealing with non-traditional security issues.

The same day Dung attended the third ASEAN Plus One summit with the US.

The two parties wrapped up the meeting by releasing a joint statement, and a cooperation project between 2011 and 2015, VNA reported.

Meanwhile, at a meeting between Mekong riparian countries and Japan, projects cooperation in tackling cooperative initiatives for climate change fighting projects were highlighted.

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand proposed that Japan helps them with studying on the environmental impacts of the dams along the Mekong Delta River.

Dung said recent abnormal flooding along with saltwater intrusion in areas along the Mekong River have highlighted the need to cooperate in managing and using the river's resources in a sustainable manner.

The VNA also reported that on the sidelines of these meetings, Dung held talks on developing bilateral relations with the leaders of Thailand, China and Japan.

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