- Title: Malaysia and Vietnam sign agreement to boost cooperation on maritime operations
- Date: 27th August 2019
- Summary: HANOI, VIETNAM (AUGUST 27, 2019) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IN HANOI HONOUR GUARDS GETTING INTO POSITION MALAYSIAN AND VIETNAMESE FLAGS MOTORCADE ARRIVING MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, MAHATHIR MOHAMAD, GETTING OUT OF THE CAR AND GREETED BY VIETNAMESE PRIME MINISTER, NGUYEN XUAN PHUC MAHATHIR AND PHUC STEPPING ON THE PODIUM MAHATHIR AND PHUC STANDING ON PODIUM / MALAYSIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYING VARIOUS OF MAHATHIR AND PHUC AT THE WELCOMING CEREMONY MALAYSIAN AND VIETNAMESE FLAGS MARCHING BAND PLAYING VARIOUS MAHATHIR AND PHUC STANDING VARIOUS OF MAHATHIR AND PHUC REVIEWING THE HONOUR GUARDS
- Embargoed: 10th September 2019 08:14
- Keywords: Malaysia Vietnam South China Sea tension bilateral meeting official visit Hanoi dispute
- Location: HANOI, VIETNAM
- City: HANOI, VIETNAM
- Country: Vietnam
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATZRYVB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad received a welcoming ceremony in Hanoi on Tuesday (August 27) hosted by Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc and held bilateral talks focusing on mutual interests and security.
Malaysia and Vietnam later signed an agreement to work forward a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 'Cooperation on law enforcing and search and rescue on the sea'. The agreement was signed by Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Phan Van Giang, and Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saifuddin Abdulah, and witnessed by Phuc and Mohamad.
The meeting between Malaysia and Vietnam took place amid China's increasing assertion in the East Sea (South China Sea) and the Indian Ocean, which the Pentagon have expressed concerns in a statement on Monday (August 26).
Mahathir said the "big powers" have taken the law "into the own hands" and doing things that are contrary to international understanding.
Vietnam and Malaysia have long been embroiled in maritime disputes with China in the South China Sea. The Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims to parts of the potentially energy-rich maritime territory, also a busy shipping lane.
(Production: Thinh Nguyen, Minh Nguyen)
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