Vietnam and Algerian Presidents discuss ways to boost relations

Ha Noi, Oct. 15 (VNA) -- President Tran Duc Luong and visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika discussed measures to bring the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries to a new plane of development.

The two Presidents were holding talks in Ha Noi this afternoon, Oct. 15, right after President Bouteflika arrived in the city for a four-day official visit to Viet Nam.

Vietnam strives for Drug-free ASEAN


Oct. 14 (VNA) -- Viet Nam, a member of SEAN and current President of ASEAN, would do its best to make positive contributions to together with other ASEAN member countries obtain the goal of a drug-free ASEAN in 2015.

So said Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem at the International Congress entitled "In Pursuit of Drug Free ASEAN 2015" in Bangkok, Thailand, from Oct. 11-13.

Cooperation with world community for child care and protection

Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam gives high priority to child care and protection, affirmed a Vietnamese representative to the United Nations at the UN's Third Committee discussion on promoting and protecting the rights of children in New York.

The Vietnamese representative spoke of the Vietnamese Government's efforts to implement a policy for socio-economic development and political stability, which gives high priority to child care and protection.

Measures to restore agricultural production in Mecong delta

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on October 13 organised a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss measures to restore agricultural production after floods in the Mekong delta provinces.

Representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment; the Finance Ministry; the Government Office; relevant agencies, institutes, companies and the Departments of Agriculture and Rural development of flood hit provinces in the Mekong delta participated in the meeting.

Communication coooperation among ASEAN members

The VIth conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI-VI) was held in Hanoi from October 9-13, issued the statement on communication cooperation:

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MFA Spokesperson on Middle East violence

Ha Noi, Oct. 13 (VNA) -- The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry reaffirmed Viet Nam's support for the Palestinian people's just struggle for an independent State of Palestine and a peaceful solution to the Palestine question.

In response to a question raised by an AFP correspondent about the increasing violence in the Middle East, the spokesperson said:

"Viet Nam was deeply worried about the escalation of violence in the Middle East.

Vietnam hosts ASEAN Senior Official Meeting

Ha Noi, Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam hosted the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (ASEAN-SOM) at deputy-ministerial level in Ha Noi on Oct. 12 and 13, the first meeting in its capacity as President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Standing Committee. The meeting was chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Tam Chien.

The meeting discussed measures to implement agreements reached at the 33rd Meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Bangkok in July 2000 and the annual meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in New York in September this year.

Trans-Asia Railway will run through Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 14 (VNA) -- ASEAN transport ministers have given the green light to a USD 2.5 billion rail link running through Viet Nam and Cambodia. The rail link, the Trans-Asia Railway Project, will link seven ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries with China.

Vietnam-EU to increase garment export quota

Oct. 13 (VNA) -- Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) signed an agreement on Oct. 10 at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, allowing an average increase of 26 percent on Viet Nam's garment exports quota to EU markets.

Signatories were Vietnamese Trade Minister Vu Khoan and EU Commissioner in charge of trade Pascal Lamy, who also signed a memorandum of understanding on fraud prevention in the footwear industry.

ASEAN-China working group on code of conduct meets in Hanoi

Ha Noi, Oct. 12 (VNA) -- The third meeting of the ASEAN-China Working Group on a Code of Conduct for the East Sea was held in Ha Noi on Oct. 11 under the co-chairmanship of Viet Nam and China.

Participants in the meeting continued exchanging views on a number of issues relating to the draft Code of Conduct (COC) and obtained some initial results. They agreed to make further efforts to perfect the COC for early approval.