VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 27 held bilateral meetings with French President Francois Hollande, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk on the sideline of the expanded G7 Summit.
During the meetings, the Vietnamese PM praised the fine developments in the relations between Viet Nam and these nations and international organizations, affirming that the Vietnamese Government is determined to deepen the relations in a practical manner, especially in economic area.
He expected that these countries and partners would advocate Viet Nam to strengthen its role and responsibilities at international organizations and continue close coordination at international and regional multi-lateral forums.
The Government chief called for support for Viet Nam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the tenure 2020-2021 and to run for the post of UNESCO General Director for the period 2017-2021.
Regarding the East Sea issue, PM Phuc welcomed the positive position of the G7 countries to support Viet Nam and ASEAN to peacefully settle disputes in the East Sea in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in order to ensure security, safety and freedom of aviation and navigation in the East Sea, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.
At the meeting with French President Francois Hollande, PM Phuc said he welcomed the latter’s upcoming visit to Viet Nam.
PM Phuc expressed his hope that both sides would strengthen the role of the mechanisms on strategic, economic, security-defense, and local-t-local exchanges and coordination; beef up investment and cooperation in infrastructure development, transport, energy, aviation, agriculture, food processing, green industries.
The two leaders agreed to take measures to double the two-way trade in the near future and work closely to realize the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Meeting with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, PM Phuc urged Canada to continue its technical assistance to Viet Nam to improve its capacity to enforce Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and encourage Canadian businesses to pour more invest in Viet Nam.
He took the occasion to invite the Canadian counterpart to attend the APEC 2017 in Viet Nam and pay official visit to Viet Nam in the near future. The Canadian PM accepted the invitation.
The Vietnamese leader suggested the EU offer technical assistance to Viet Nam to carry out the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) while meeting with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker and President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
The two sides spoke highly of the conclusion of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) negotiations, pledging to work together to realize the benefits of the agreement.
PM Phuc officially invited the two leaders to pay visits to Viet Nam and they accepted.
Earlier, the PM met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK PM David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, Italian PM Matteo Renzi and President of the World Bank Jim Yong-kim.
Ms. Merkel advocated Viet Nam’s proposal to delay its IDA deadline for Viet Nam, promising to re-visit Viet Nam at a convenient time.
Mr. Cameron expressed his concerns over drought and saltwater intrusion in Viet Nam, adding that he will assign the British Embassy to consider specific projects to help local people in the Mekong Delta to cope with the issues.
U.S. President Obama thanked the Vietnamese people and the PM for their hospitality and warm reception during his recent visit, saying he will highlight Viet Nam’s outstanding development at the G7 summit.
WB President Jim Yong Kim affirmed that he would do his utmost to support Viet Nam, regarding the nation as a top priority in accessing preferential loans, adding that he is willing to help Viet Nam with the use of renewable energies, particularly wind and solar energy.
The Italian PM appreciated Viet Nam’s prestige and role in the region and wished to accelerate the bilateral economic ties and facilitate Italian investment in Viet Nam./.
By Thuy Dung
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