Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong: Singapore does not mean to hurt Vietnam

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailandat the request of Singapore.

Prime Minister Phuc expressed dissatisfaction with Lee's remarks on May 31, 2019 on Viet Nam and Cambodia in 1979-1980 period. Heaffirmed history has proved that Singapore's standpoints on Viet Nam's role in the aforesaid period were not correct and Lee's remarks recalling that period have deeply hurt Viet Nam and Cambodia. Prime Minister Lee explained that he did not mean to hurt Viet Nam when he recalled that painful chapter of the region. Singapore attaches great importance to the friendly ties and trust with Viet Nam, highly valuing Viet Nam's role and contributions so far to the maintenance of peace, security, stability and development in the region as well as in the process of building a strong, united and self-reliant ASEAN Community.

The two leaders said their meeting helps both sides better understand each other and agreed to look to the future and focus on accelerating the Viet Nam-Singapore strategic partnership across fields.

As Viet Nam will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship and non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council in 2020, the pair agreed to intensify exchanges, consultation and coordination of positions on regional and international issues of common concerns for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Source: VOV5