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ASEAN parliaments hail Vietnam’s AIPA Presidency

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The most outstanding result of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41) was the building of solidarity within AIPA, and the host Vietnam played an important role in this regard,

said Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly (NA) Pany Yathotou in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency following the conclusion of AIPA-41.

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Pany Yathotou, Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly. — VNA/VNS Photos

“The 41st General Assembly of AIPA demonstrated the Vietnamese NA’s high sense of responsibility, creativity, capacity, and experience in organisation,” the top Lao legislator said.

She said all participating parliaments highly valued Vietnam’s organisation capacity given the complexity of COVID-19.

The country has made every effort to fulfil its AIPA Chairmanship role, she went on, adding that it employed good consultation mechanisms with other AIPA member parliaments, helping accelerate the ratification of resolutions.

She also said issues on the agenda were significant for the region and met the aspirations of ASEAN residents.

The spirit of the meeting will be upheld in reality, with attention paid to co-operation with governments in implementing resolutions adopted by ASEAN leaders, especially those regarding the fight against the pandemic, she said.

The Lao NA will also continue with its role in issuing laws that serve as a foundation for the realisation of the resolutions, she noted.

Puan Maharani, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, said she fully appreciated Vietnam’s effort in hosting the first-ever AIPA virtual General Assembly.

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Puan Maharani, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Vietnamese National Assembly for hosting the 41st AIPA General Assembly despite the challenges that we are all facing due to the pandemic and hope that this year’s General Assembly could become an effective platform for AIPA member parliaments to exchange best practices, build political will, strengthen capacity, and foster collaboration among parliaments and parliamentarians on curbing the pandemic as well as to find best solutions to other important regional issues.”

“The fact that overall the AIPA General Assembly went very well despite being conducted online, is an accomplishment on its own. In the past, many might think that this kind of level of international event would not be doable online. However today AIPA has proven that we can adapt with development and that AIPA is well prepared for the future,” she said.

Talking to Vietnam News Agency after the closing ceremony of AIPA-41, Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib, Speaker of the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam, said a notable achievement of the General Assembly this year was the resumption of the meeting of Committee on Political Matters.

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Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib, Speaker of Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam.

Vietnam’s AIPA Presidency, under the leadership of Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, must be commended, he said, adding that the Vietnamese NA “has successfully demonstrated its steadfast commitment and dedication as well as upheld its duties and responsibilities in convening the AIPA General Assembly during its AIPA presidency, in a time when our region and the world are still facing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam appreciates the Vietnamese NA’s efforts in bringing AIPA member parliaments together to attend the General Assembly virtually, he said.  VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/asean-parliaments-hail-vietnam-s-aipa-presidency-673918.html

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Vietnamese ambassador runs for re-election to International Law Commission

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In 2016, Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected as an International Law Commission (ILC) member.

Vietnam’s permanent missions to the United Nations (UN) in New York and Geneva have recently sent diplomatic notes to the UN and countries informing the candidacy of Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure, marking the official start of the Vietnamese candidate’s campaign for re-election to the UN’s important law organ.

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Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao (Photo: VNA)

In 2016, Ambassador Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected as an ILC member. During the 2017-2022 tenure, he actively promoted ILC’s research results, delivered speeches and joined discussions at the ILC.

He also helped express developing nations’ interest in new and non-traditional topics, and actively joined in discussions on topics such as protection of the atmosphere and environmental protection in armed conflicts. Most notably, he strongly supported the ILC’s research on rising seawater level and the addition of the issue to the committee’s long-term working agenda.

With an in-depth knowledge about laws on the sea and the environment, he made significant contributions to the first report of the research group on rising sea level in relation to international law last year. 

Apart from valuable professional contributions, Thao also played a role in fostering connections and ties among ILC members to promote exchange between legal researchers and practitioners of international law at home and abroad. He was also speakers at many universities and prestigious seminars in the region. In 2018, he was elected as the second Vice Chairman of the ILC on the occasion of its 70th founding anniversary.

With dedication to the progress of international law, he was nominated for a seat at the ILC for the 2023-2027 tenure, becoming one of the 10 candidates of the Asia-Pacific. The ILC election will take place in New York in November 2021.

Ambassador Thao is a senior Vietnamese diplomat with 40 years of experience. He earned a doctorate degree on law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and is now also teaching international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnamese-ambassador-runs-for-re-election-to-international-law-commission-715583.html

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Vietnam considers reopening repatriation flights

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with relevant ministries, sectors, localities and offices to make plans to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in a safe manner based on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and the country, especially the domestic quarantine capacity, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

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Bringing Vietnamese citizens home (Photo: VNA)

She made the statement on February 25 when responding to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s plan to reopen repatriation flights, after the Vietnamese Government suspended flights bringing Vietnamese people back home in late January, given the appearance of new variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, new outbreaks in many countries, and complicated developments of the pandemic in Vietnam.

She informed that recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

Several partners have expressed their wish to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, and Vietnam’s aviation agencies are considering and discussing specific procedures and dates, she added./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-considers-reopening-repatriation-flights-715585.html

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Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson shares information about vaccination plan

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The Foreign Ministry’s Press Department is discussing with the Health Ministry to make it easier for foreign reporters to cover news about vaccination for Vietnamese citizens in line with prevention and control regulations.

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang shared information about COVID-19 vaccination plan in Vietnam during a regular press conference which took place virtually on February 25.

She said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Government Office and Health Ministry to soon submit a Resolution on vaccination and priority groups to him. At a meeting of the permanent members of the Government and the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control on February 24 morning, the Health Ministry gave its first proposal regarding priority cases, firstly front-line staff in the fight against the pandemic, including medical staff, staff of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control at all levels and those at quarantine sites, press and diplomatic staff, customs and immigration officers, army and public security forces, teachers and those aged above 65, suppliers of key services in the fields of aviation, transportation and tourism, electricity and water services; people with chronic diseases and those wishing to work and study abroad, those in pandemic-hit areas and others in line with the Government’s regulations.

She said the proposal must wait for the Prime Minister’s decision and the Government’s Resolution.

About vaccine suppliers, she said the Health Ministry and Vietnamese firms have been negotiating with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers in the world, including COVAX Facility, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik V to provide vaccination for people as soon as possible.

On February 24, the first batch of vaccines, including 117,600 doses provided by AstraZeneca, arrived in Vietnam, she said, adding that the country is focusing on studying and producing vaccines at home. At present, the study and trial is on schedule.

Vietnam wants to access quality vaccines at reasonable prices which could be preserved under Vietnam’s conditions, she said./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/foreign-ministry-s-spokesperson-shares-information-about-vaccination-plan-715587.html

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