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37th ASEAN Summit slated for mid-November

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The 37th ASEAN Summit is expected to take place in mid-November, and as ASEAN Chair this year, Vietnam is joining other member countries to actively prepare for this important event, according to Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang.

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Spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang speaks at the press conference on October 15 (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the ministry’s regular press conference on October 15, she said Vietnam are readying organisation plans to ensure the security and effectiveness of the summit.

Given ASEAN’s principle of consensus, after member countries reach agreement on an organisation plan for the 37th ASEAN Summit, more information will be provided, Hang noted.

Regarding information that some partner countries, namely the US, Japan, India, and Australia, wish to strengthen ties with ASEAN countries in terms of the freedom of navigation, the spokeswoman said ASEAN always welcomes initiatives and ideas contributing to regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

She noted that as ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam considers the building of a cohesive and responsive ASEAN as the main task during its chairmanship. On that basis, the country has been stepping up the community building, affirming ASEAN’s central role in the regional architecture, and expanding the bloc’s external relations.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic causing direct, long-term and profound impact on socio-economic aspects around the world and the region, Vietnam wishes and is ready to join hands with ASEAN and partner countries to recover the economy and stabilise people’s lives for an Asia-Pacific region of peace, stability, development, and prosperity.

During this process, international law and the spirit of dialogue and cooperation need to be upheld constantly, she added./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/37th-asean-summit-slated-for-mid-november-681537.html

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Vietnam always treasures special relations with Cuba: Top leader

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The Vietnamese Party, State and people always treasure and want to further deepen the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation with their Cuban counterparts, a top leader has said.

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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks withFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee Raul Castro 

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong made the statement during his phone talks on December 2 with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee Raul Castro.

During the talks, the two leaders exchanged views on the two Parties, States and the Vietnam-Cuba special relationship, and discussed measures to further promote the bilateral relations as the two nations are celebrating the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (December 2, 1960 – 2020).

The Cuban leader stressed that the close fraternal relationship between the two Parties, States and peoples, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro and nurtured by generations of people and leaders of Cuba and Vietnam, will be forever exemplary relations in the contemporary world.

He affirmed that the Party, State and people of Cuba will do their utmost to preserve, protect and transfer to future generations this special relationship.

The Cuban leader congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in the cause of “Doi moi” (renewal), especially its successes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed his sympathy with Vietnam over difficulties and losses caused by natural disasters in the recent past, and thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support and assistance to their Cuban counterparts.

Raul Castro expressed his belief that the CPV will continue successfully carrying out resolutions set by the 12th National Party Congress and successfully hold the 13th National Party Congress.

He also briefed on the situation in Cuba and its preparations for the organisation of the 8th National Congress of the CPC in April 2021.

For his part, the Vietnamese leader stressed that the special friendship between the two Parties and nations, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro, is a valuable asset and becomes a symbol of the era. The Vietnamese Party, State, people and future generations will keep in mind the historical words: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood”, he said.

He expressed his sympathy with Cuba over the current difficulties and believed that under the leadership of the CPC, led by beloved comrade Raul Castro, the fraternal Cuban people will overcome all difficulties and challenges.

Vietnam is willing to stand side by side with Cuba during the process of the Updating of the Cuban Social and Economic Model and share its successes and shortcomings during the process of renewal over the past 35 years, he said.

Vietnam will also spare no effort to surpass difficulties to maintain and develop economic, trade and investment ties with Cuba, especially in the supply of food and cooperation in food production in Cuba, he added.

Having spoke highly of the efficiency of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, such as theoretical workshops between the CPV and the CPC, the Inter-government Cooperation Committee; the political consultation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs and policy dialogues between the two Ministries of National Defence, the Vietnamese leader expressed his hope that the two sides will continue promote these mechanisms so as to develop bilateral relations in a more intensive and stable manner.

Greetings on 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties

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Illustrative image (Photo: Alianza News)

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on December 2 sent greetings to First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also cabled his message of greetings to his Cuban counterpart Manuel Marrero Cruz.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan sent her greetings to President of the National Assembly of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended greetings to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Vietnam and Cuba established diplomatic ties on December 2, 1960. Cuba was the first nation to form a Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam, the first country in Latin America to have established diplomatic ties with Vietnam, and also the first in the Western hemisphere to receive Vietnamese students. VNA

Vietnam always treasures special relations with Cuba: Top leader

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Former deputy minister expelled from Party

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The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on December 2 decided to expel former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and former member of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Party Civil Affairs Committee Ho Thi Kim Thoa from the Party.

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Former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa 

The decision was based on the Politburo’s Regulation No.102-QD/TW dated November 15, 2017 on disciplining Party members who commit wrongdoings, and made at a meeting of the Secretariat under the chair of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong.

During the meeting, the Secretariat pointed out Thoa’s wrongdoings and shortcomings related to a land plot in Ho Chi Minh City and violation of regulations on the management and use of State assets that lead to losses and wastefulness.

After a retirement decision, she abandoned Party activities and went abroad.

The Secretariat concluded that her wrongdoings are very serious, hurting the prestige of the MoIT and its Party organisation./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/former-deputy-minister-expelled-from-party-694470.html

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ADMM-14, seventh ADMM Plus to be held online

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The 14th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the seventh ADMM Plus will be held online from December 9-10.

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Col. Pham Manh Thang (second from right) at the meeting

It was unveiled by Col. Pham Manh Thang, Deputy Director of the Defence Ministry’s Department of External Relations, during a working session in Hanoi on December 2 with defence attachés of ASEAN member states, Russia, China, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Thang stressed that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry highly values ASEAN member states and above-mentioned countries’ close cooperation and active participation that contributes to the success of the ASEAN military-defence activities this year, including the ADMM Retreat held in February in Hanoi along with teleconferences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He affirmed that that the ADMM-14 and the seventh ADMM Plus are the most important events among the regional defence-military activities hosted by the Defence Ministry during the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.

Other activities such as a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the ADMM Plus and hand-over of the ADMM and ADMM Plus Chairmanship to Brunei will also be held on the occasion.

Participants at the event discussed agenda, protocol and media work for the ADMM-14, ADMM Plus and related activities to ensure their success./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/admm-14-seventh-admm-plus-to-be-held-online-694467.html

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