Vietnam, UK issue communiqué on first strategic dialogue

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Vietnam and the UK found agreement on several regional and international issues that they discussed during their first strategic dialogue in London.

A joint communiqué was issued following completion of the dialogue.

The dialogue is a part of activities undertaken in implementing commitments made in the strategic partnership agreement signed between the two governments in September 2010. 

Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, who was on a visit to the UK between Oct 24 and 28, and the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Jeremy Browne co-chaired the UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue on Wednesday (Oct 26).

The ministers shared their views on global and regional security developments, including EU- ASEAN relations, the East Sea and the Arab Spring, as well as defense and organized international crime, according to a release by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

This is the first time a Strategic Dialogue has been held between the two countries, and marks a new commitment to strengthen bilateral relationships following the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in September 2010, the release says.

Other aspects of strengthened bilateral relations under the Strategic Partnership include a MoU signed on Oct 25 between the UK's Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI) and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV).

The Strategic Dialogue comes at a time when the UK and Vietnam are already working closely on a range of long-term issues including climate change, development and education, the release says.

The prospect of investing in Vietnam is also becoming more widespread amongst UK businesses, with a recent survey by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) showing that Vietnam is the second most popular investment destination, after China, in terms of emerging markets.

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