VIETNAM President, Tran Dai Quang, has officially asked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Da Nang to solve the problem of Vietnamese boatmen arrested in Papua New Guinea on humanitarian grounds and friendly relations between the two countries.
On Friday, President Quang received Mr O’Neill on the occasion of attending the APEC 2017 Summit in Da Nang.
President Quang asked Mr O’Neill and the Government of Papua New Guinea to solve the problem of Vietnamese boatmen arrested in PNG.
Prime Minister O’Neill pledged to deal adequately with the Vietnamese fishermen.
The two sides agreed to further promote bilateral cooperation in areas where the two countries have great potentials such as agriculture, oil and gas exploration, fisheries and tourism.
At the meeting, President Quang congratulated the achievements of Papua New Guinea over the past, expressing confidence that the government and people will build and develop the country, contribute to peace, security and stability in the region as well as in the world.
He reaffirmed that Vietnam is ready to coordinate and support the sharing of experiences to help Papua New Guinea successfully assume the role of host country for APEC 2018.
Mr O’Neill expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development over the past and believes it would successfully organise APEC 2017.
“We cordially invite the President to attend the APEC 2018 Summit held in Papua New Guinea, to perfect the legal corridor in order to encourage and facilitate trade promotion and investment activities of the two countries’ enterprises, cooperate in international forums and organisations,” Mr O’Neill said.
On the issue of the South China Sea, the two sides shared their views on peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).