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    Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Mr. Nguyen Duy Trinh, a arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday (3 January)?

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    Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Mr. Nguyen Duy Trinh, a arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday (3 January) for a four-day official visit. While there he was to hold talks with Malaysian leaders on strengthening relations between the two countries.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nguyen Duy Trinh and his 18-man delegation were greeted by the Malaysian Foreign Minister, Mr. Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen, when they arrived at the capital, Kuala Lampur. Mr. Rithauddeen had previously met Mr. Nguyen Duy Trinh when he visited vietnam last year.

    The delegation accompanying the Vietnamese Foreign Minister included the country's vice Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, and other top-ranking government officials.

    Since 1971 the Malaysian Government has moved away from its previous pro-Western, anti-communist stance in international affairs. It has now adopted a more neutral line, establishing diplomatic relations with its Communist neighbours. Mr. Nguyen Duy Trinh's visit was expected to pave the way for a bilateral agreement on economic co-operation.

    After the official welcome the visitors moved on to the foreign Affairs offices for talks. Malaysia's trade with Vietnam is at present negligible. But it was expected that increased trade would result from the proposed economic agreement, with Vietnam showing interest in buying rubber, timber, and palm oil. Mr. Nguyen Duy trinh said that in spite of differing social systems the two countries could co-operate in many fields.

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