VN, UK voice support for multilateralism, rules-based int’l order
19:20 | 30/09/2020
VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab voiced support for multilateralism and rules-based international and regional order, during their face-to-face talks on Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (right) elbows bumps with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab before their talks at the Government Guest House in Ha Noi on September 30. Photo: VGP

Both sides also pledged to rally international responses to common challenges such as maritime security, climate change and COVID-19 pandemic.

The sides underlined the significance of maintaining peace, stability and security, ensuring safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, settling disputes through peaceful measures, avoiding use or threat of force, and respecting international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Both Minh and Raab also voiced support for the Chairman’s Statement of the 36th ASEAN Summit and the Joint Communiqué of the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, which reiterate the UNCLOS sets out legal framework for all activities in the oceans and seas.

Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (right) and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announce the Joint Statement on Viet Nam-UK strategic partnership outlining future directions for the bilateral ties in the next decade after their talks. Photo: VGP

Regarding bilateral ties, Dominic Raab, who is on his first official visit to Viet Nam, affirmed that the UK Government wishes to foster the strategic partnership with Viet Nam.

He spoke highly of Viet Nam’s rising role and position in the Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia regions.

Both sides agreed to work out a plan to resume the exchange of delegations when conditions allow, enrich contents for such cooperation mechanisms like strategic dialogue, defense policy dialogue, and joint economic and trade committee.

The two countries agreed to encourage and facilitate investment in such fields like high-technology, telecommunication, oil and gas, finance-banking, insurance, renewable energy, and smart city development in a bid to contribute to economic recovery in post-COVID-19 pandemic.

The two countries also pledged to coordinate in strengthening cooperation between ASEAN and the UK as well as in preparing for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) scheduled to take place in the UK next year.

On the occasion, the two sides issued the Joint Statement on Viet Nam-UK strategic partnership outlining future directions for the bilateral ties in the next decade./.

By Quang Minh

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