On 4 August 2015 Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende on the sidelines of the 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 48) in Kuala Lumpur, reports Vietnamnews.
The Ministers agreed that the two countries should strengthen cooperation in fields that suit both Norway’s strength and Viet Nam’s needs, such as navigation, shipbuilding, hydroelectricity, and sea-based economy, while increasing co-ordination and mutual support at regional and international forums.
Minh urged the two countries to sign an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and service/official passport holders. He asked Norway to grant tourism visa exemption for Vietnamese citizens, the same as Viet Nam had done for Norwegian nationals.
The two sides also shared concern over the situation in the East Sea, and highlighted the significance of resolving any disputes through peaceful means and using international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).