PM, DPM welcome Timor-Leste, Chilean, Bangladeshi diplomats
10:14 | 13/09/2018

VGP - PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for Timor-Leste’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dionisio Babo Soares on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) 2018 in Ha Noi on September 12.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosts a reception for Timor-Leste’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dionisio Babo Soares, Ha Noi, September 12, 2018 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu

At the meeting, the PM suggested the two nations further promote bilateral cooperation more comprehensively by increasing the exchange of delegations and setting up periodic exchange mechanisms, firstly the joint committee as agreed in the Frame Agreement on Technical and Economic Cooperation.

He said ministries and representative agencies of the two countries need to work harder to regain the growth momentum in trade and investment, and expand cooperation in potential areas such as agriculture, fishing and oil and gas.

Mr. Soares affirmed to soon complete procedures for the implementation of the newly-inked bilateral trade agreement and launch negotiations for the signing of a bilateral investment agreement.

Timor-Leste will create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese businesses, including Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group, to operate in the country, he affirmed.

PM Phuc spoke highly of cooperation between the two nations at regional and international forums such as the United Nations, and thanked Timor-Leste for its commitment to backing Viet Nam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh receives Chilean FM Roberto Ampuero Espinoza, Ha Noi, September 12, 2018 - Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac

The same day, Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh received Chilean FM Roberto Ampuero Espinoza and Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Md. Shahidul Haque who have been in Viet Nam to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) 2018.

At the meeting with the Chilean FM, Mr. Minh asserted that VietNam considers Chile one of its most important partners in the Latin America region, expressing his delight on the strong growth in the Viet Nam-Chile comprehensive partnership over recent years.

Chile wants to boost relations with Viet Nam, as well as the ASEAN member countries in general, said Mr. Roberto Ampuero Espinoza, suggesting that the two sides reinforce and promote progress in trade cooperation, while expanding investment collaboration between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of high-level delegations; bolster economic, trade, and investment ties; while supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises in accessing each other’s market; and enhancing people-to-people exchanges.

They pledged to cooperate closely at multilateral forums, especially the APEC forum, and in the process of approving and implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh receives Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Md. Shahidul Haque, Ha Noi, September 12, 2018 - Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh hailed the positive development of Viet Nam-Bangladesh relations over the recent time while receiving Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh on the same day.

They agreed to accelerate the organization of the second political consultation between the two foreign ministries and the third meeting of the Viet Nam-Bangladesh Joint Committee in Ha Noi later this year or early 2019 to discuss measures to fully tap the countries’ potential and strengths.

The officials also affirmed to enhance cooperation at regional and international forums. 

Mr. Minh proposed Bangladesh back Viet Nam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.

The officials also emphasized the need to respect the principles on maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, as well as the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures and in line with international law.

By Thuy Dung 

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