Vietnam, Singapore look to build strategic partnership

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Vietnam and Singapore are hoping to build up their relationship into a strategic partnership, leaders of both countries said Wednesday.

The sentiments were expressed during a meeting between the General Secretary of the Vietnam Communist Party , Nguyen Phu Trong and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long.

Trong wrapped up his three-day visit to Singapore Friday.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of three memorandums of understanding on co-operation in finance, adjustments to an agreement on double tax avoidance, and study and training programs for Vietnam's high-ranking Party officials.

Trong said he and Lee discussed the countries' relationship as well as regional and international issues.

Both sides expressed hopes that Vietnam and Singapore would improve their relations into a strategic partnership, he said.

Trong is accompanied by a delegation of high-ranking officials including Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

In April this year Singapore's President Tony Tang Keng Yam visited Vietnam.

Vietnam and Singapore established diplomatic relations on August 1, 1973.

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