During his recent South East Asian friendship tour, Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.?
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SV Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Phan Hien steps down from plane and greeted by Singapore Minister of State for Foreign Affairs K.C. Lee
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LV INT Phan Hien at news conference talking to reporters (2 shots)
In May this year Singapore and Cambodia established diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, making Singapore the third member of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to establish links with Cambodia in one week of intense diplomatic activity. However, Singapore's People's Action Party (PAP), headed by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, makes no secret of its desire to limit communist influence in the small but strategically-located island republic at the tip of the Malayan peninsula.
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Background: During his recent South East Asian friendship tour, Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Phan Hien, visited Singapore.
SYNOPSIS: He arrived at the airport after two days of talks in Manila which culminated in the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Philippines. Mr. Hien was accompanied by a number of senior government officials and the delegation was greeted on arrival by Singapore's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. K.C. Lee. Mr. Hien and his party stayed in Singapore for three days.
Mr. Hien paid courtesy calls on Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sinnathamby Rajaratnam and the Minister for Finance Sui Sen. He also held discussions with officials from both ministries. Shortly before Mr. Hien arrived in Singapore it was announced by the Vietnam News Agency that Vietnam had agreed to receive a Thai delegation next month for talks on normalising relations between the two countries.