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Japanese Prime Minister’s official visit to Vietnam to start this Sunday

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement saying that Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide’s official visit to Vietnam is going to start on October 18.

Thủ tướng Nhật Bản bắt đầu thăm Việt Nam từ chủ nhật tuần này

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide. Photo: Reuters

At the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse, Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and his spouse will visit Vietnam on October 18 – 20.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang on October 15 said that this was the second time in a row that a Japanese Prime Minister chose Vietnam as the first country to visit after taking office.

In 2013, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also chose Vietnam as the first point on his trip right after taking office. The spokesperson said Mr. Suga’s choice is a clear testament to the good, strong and substantive development in many areas of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The Japanese Prime Minister’s visit aims to strengthening relations with Vietnam, to exchanging measures to promote cooperation in all fields and to exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Mr. Suga is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and pay courtesy to Vietnam’s senior leaders.

Mr. Suga’s visit took place in the context of thriving Vietnam-Japan relationships, and Japan continues to be Vietnam’s leading economic partner. Japan is the leading ODA provider to Vietnam, the second largest investor and the fourth largest trading partner of Vietnam.

Regarding trade, the total import and export turnover in the first 9 months of 2020 reached $28.6 billion, with imports of $14.6 billion (up 3.1% over the same period of 2019) and exports $14 billion.

Japan has 4,595 valid FDI projects in Vietnam with a total registered investment capital of $59.87 billion, ranking 2nd among 136 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.

In 2019, the number of Japanese tourists to Vietnam reached 951,962 people, ranked third, up 15.2% over the same period last year.

Since the beginning of 2020, the Covid-19 epidemic has affected the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in many fields. However, the two countries still maintain exchanges of high-level and various levels in many forms.

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Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/japanese-prime-minister-s-official-visit-to-vietnam-to-start-this-sunday-681757.html

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Vietnamese leaders send congratulatory messages to US President-elect Joe Biden

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Vietnamese leaders have sent their messages to Joe Biden to congratulate him on being elected as the next president of the United States.

Party Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent their congratulatory messages to Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday.

In their messages, Party Secretary Trong and PM Phuc expressed their hope that the U.S.-Vietnam relationship will continue to develop sustainably on the foundation that the two nations had built over the past 25 years.

Their bilateral ties will further benefit the two peoples and contribute to peace, security, order, cooperation, and development in the region and the world, the foreign ministry quoted the Vietnamese leaders as saying.

On the same day, Vice-State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh also sent her congratulatory message to U.S. Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Vietnamese leaders took the occasion to invite the U.S. president-elect and vice-president-elect to visit the Southeast Asian country in the coming time.

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Việt Nam extends congratulations to US President-elect Joe Biden after election win

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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. — IRNA/VNA Photo

HÀ NỘI — General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam and State President Nguyễn Phú Trọng, and Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Tuesday sent congratulatory messages to President-elect Joe Biden over his recent victory in the US election.

Vietnamese Party chief Trọng and PM Phúc expressed confidence that with the foundation bilateral ties that have been built and consolidated over the past 25 years, the US-Việt Nam comprehensive partnership will continue to flourish and become more profound, effective and sustainable, contributing to the benefit of the two countries’ people and peace, security, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world.

On the same day, Vice President Đặng Thị Ngọc Thịnh has also conveyed messages of congratulations to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Vietnamese leaders have extended an invitation for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to visit Việt Nam at the earliest time.

Since the normalisation of ties and official establishment of diplomatic relations on July 11, 1995, the two sides have engaged more and more across all fronts of cooperation, from politics and diplomacy, trade and investment, defence and security, to science and technology, healthcare, and education.

Bilateral trade has increased 170 folds since 1995, currently reaching US$80 billion. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/816628/viet-nam-extends-congratulations-to-us-president-elect-joe-biden-after-election-win.html

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Việt Nam-Cuba friendship “rare” in international relations: Foreign minister

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh addressed the meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of Việt Nam-Cuba ties (December 2, 1960 – December 2, 2020) held on Tuesday at Hà Nội Opera House. — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

HÀ NỘI — The solidarity, mutual trust and closeness in the Việt Nam-Cuba friendship is “very rare” in international relations, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh said as he addressed the meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties held in Hà Nội on Tuesday.

The Vietnamese official said Việt Nam always cherished Cuba’s support for the righteous cause of Việt Nam during its national liberation and later national building efforts, adding that no matter what circumstances, Cuba was always at the forefront of international movements in supporting Việt Nam.

“Cuba’s noble and generous gestures towards Việt Nam has been crystallised in Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s remarks when he visited the central province of Quảng Trị during the height of the war against American aggression: ‘For Việt Nam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood,'” Deputy PM Minh noted.

Together with political and diplomatic support, Cuba had sent thousands of engineers, doctors and experts to Việt Nam, provided to Việt Nam equipment, machinery, food items, medicines and other valuable items as aid during the war and later periods, despite the fact that Cuba at the time was also facing numerous hardships, Minh said.

Cuba has also helped build farms, factories, schools, and hospitals, and helped train thousands of Vietnamese students.

Minh stressed that Việt Nam has for its part always accompanied Cuba in its particularly difficult period starting 2011 when Cuba started to update its socio-economic model, sharing in earnest Việt Nam’s experience in its reform efforts, maintaining stable supplies of rice aid to Cuba, helping Cuba to implement several projects in food production, seafood processing, and other practical cooperation projects.

“The Vietnamese people always demonstrated solidarity and support for Cuban comrades and people, as shown via political movements and donation drives carried out by Vietnamese organisations,” Minh said.

He reaffirmed that Việt Nam continues to regard Cuba as a trusted and important partner.

The two sides have built profound and expansive relations from the Party, Government, and National Assembly level, down to local administrations and socio-political organisations.

“Việt Nam and Cuba are committed to implement high-level agreements, continuing to deepen bilateral ties, elevating economic and trade relations to match the potentials and to be commensurate to the close political ties, for the national building efforts in each country, and for peace, stability, cooperation, development in the two regions and in the world,” Minh said.

At the ceremony, guests – including high-ranking members of the Vietnamese Government, students from universities in Hà Nội, businesses who have projects in Cuba, and Cuban diplomats, students, and experts – have recounted the special traditional solidarity between Cuban and Vietnamese people, stressing that despite the geographical distance, this friendship has become a vivid symbol of international unity between peoples in the righteous struggle for independence, freedom, sovereignty, and self-determination.

Cuban Ambassador to Việt Nam Lianys Torres Rivera. — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

Cuban Ambassador to Việt Nam Lianys Torres Rivera affirmed that the special relationship between Việt Nam and Cuba was born in the most difficult of times, but the two countries’ Communist parties, Governments and peoples have always had each other’s back.

This was recently demonstrated in the COVID-19 pandemic, when Cuba received timely support in terms of material and medical equipment from Việt Nam to support the “island of freedom” in its fight against the pandemic, as the Cuban economy is already facing many difficulties due to the impacts of the US embargo policy for more than half a century, she said. —

Art performance in the meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of Việt Nam-Cuba diplomatic relations on Tuesday at Hà Nội Opera House. — VNA/ Photo Dương Giang

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/816574/viet-nam-cuba-friendship-rare-in-international-relations-foreign-minister.html

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