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NA Chairman meets Lao PM, discusses measures to boost ties

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National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ met Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh. — VNA/ Photo 

VIENTIANE — National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ met Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh on Tuesday, where the two discussed measures to promote bilateral relations. 

They expressed delight at the development of the cooperation between the two countries over the past years and appreciated that the two sides kept up regular exchanges of high-ranking delegations, including the Lao Prime Minister’s official visit to Việt Nam earlier this year and the bilateral meeting between the two PMs on the sidelines of the ASEAN-US Special Summit in the US last week.

Regarding the orientation to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the future, they stressed that the two countries need to coordinate to seriously implement high-level agreements, including the results of the 44th meeting of the Việt Nam–Laos Inter-Governmental Committee on Bilateral Cooperation held in Hà Nội in January, the agreement on Việt Nam-Laos Strategic Cooperation during the 2021-2030 period and the agreement on bilateral cooperation between Việt Nam and Laos during the 2021-2025 period.

The two sides agreed to continue efforts to search for breakthrough solutions to promote economic cooperation to become a real pillar in the relations between the two countries, in line with the special Việt Nam-Laos relations; increase cooperation in trade, investment, digital economy, finance and banking, and connection between the two economies, including infrastructure and mechanism connection. Attention should be paid to promoting cooperation in clean and hi-tech agriculture.

They also suggested having effective measures to deal with difficulties and obstacles for businesses and important cooperation projects between the two countries, such as the Laos-Việt Nam Friendship Park in Vientiane, Hà Nội-Vientiane Expressway and Nong Khang Airport in Huaphanh Province of Laos.

They agreed to continue to enhance cooperation in other important fields, including national defence and security, border, education and training, labour, science and technology, culture, sports, tourism, people-to-people diplomacy and cooperation between localities of the two countries.

They agreed to continue to closely coordinate and support each other at multilateral forums.

NA Chairman Huệ congratulated the Lao PM for the positive results that the Lao Government gained over the past years in pandemic prevention and control, maintaining socio-political stability, reopening the country and starting to welcome back international tourists from May 9.

He affirmed that the Vietnamese NA attached great importance to the task of building and completing mechanisms and laws to meet the reform cause and international integration requirements; and would always support, supervise and promote the implementation of cooperation programmes and projects between the two Governments. 

Lao PM Phankham Viphavanh spoke highly of the Vietnamese top legislator’s visit for the development of the special relations between the two countries and for cooperation and trust between the two NAs.

He congratulated the great achievements gained by the Vietnamese Party, State, NA and Government, particularly in effective prevention and control of COVID-19 and socio-economic recovery and development. —  

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1192381/na-chairman-meets-lao-pm-discusses-measures-to-boost-ties.html

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Vietnam proposes measures to foster Mekong-Lancang cooperation in post-pandemic recovery

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Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son has recommended four measures for beefing up the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) to promote growth and sustainable development from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister Son was speaking at the seventh MLC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Bagan, Myanmar on Monday, centered around ‘Solidarity for Peace and Prosperity.’ 

The event was attended by foreign ministers from the six member countries of the MLC mechanism, including China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Participants highly appreciated the MLC’s recent contributions to regional cooperation and development, especially amid the complicated developments of COVID-19, and discussed coordination in organizing the second MLC Ministerial Meeting on Water Resources in Vietnam this year.

In this context, the Vietnamese diplomat delivered a speech proposing four major measures to make the MLC more effective.

He firstly mentioned the need for cooperation in boosting economic recovery and resilience from the pandemic, and strengthening customs cooperation and trade facilitation in order to solve goods congestion and ensure the free flow of goods and services in the region.

Second, it is necessary for mutual support among member countries in climate change adaptation and the transition to a green economic model, including clean energy development and climate-smart agriculture.

He also called for stronger cooperation in managing and using water resources in a sustainable manner, strengthening consultation and dialogue on water resource development plans, increasing the sharing of hydrological and meteorological data and hydroelectric dam operations, and expanding coordination between the MLC and the Mekong River Commission.

Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) bumps elbows with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the seventh Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar, July 4, 2022. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (L) bumps elbows with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the seventh Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Myanmar, July 4, 2022. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lastly, it is advisable to promote people-to-people connections through tourism activities and cultural exchange programs, Son said.

His speech was highly appreciated by the other member countries and was reflected in the conference’s documents, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

The event came as two-way trade between the lower Mekong River countries and China reached nearly US$400 billion last year, up 23 percent from 2020, while many large infrastructure works have been completed and hundreds of technical assistance projects are being built by the MLC member nations, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The meeting emphasized the principles of equal cooperation, mutual consultation, benefit-sharing and respect for the United Nations Charter and international law, as well as the legislation of each country. 

It came to an end with the issuance of four joint statements on strengthening agricultural cooperation, disaster prevention, customs and trade facilitation, and exchanges between MLC civilizations. 

Founded in 2016, the MLC is a multilateral cooperation mechanism between the riparian states of the Lancang River and Mekong River. 

The Lancang River originates from Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in southwestern China.

It is called the Mekong River as it flows through the other five countries – Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam – before entering the sea.

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Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov to visit Vietnam

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Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov is scheduled to visit Vietnam on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday night.

The visit is made at the invitation of Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.

In September 2021, Minister Son conducted a business trip to Moscow, where he met with many Russian officials, including his counterpart Lavrov.

In late 2021, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Russia at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia, while this year is the 10th anniversary of the two nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership.

Lavrov’s visit takes place in the context of new developments in the international and regional situations.

In March, Minister Son joined separate phone talks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba about the military conflict between the two countries.

In both dialogues, Son affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance that international disputes and disagreements should be resolved by peaceful measures and in compliance with the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and international law, especially the principle of respecting the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries.

The official asked relevant parties to exercise restraint, reduce tensions, and conduct more dialogues to find a long-term solution that is in line with international law and takes into consideration the legitimate interests of all sides.

During the talks, Minister Lavrov praised Vietnam’s contribution to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

The official shared recent developments in the situation in Ukraine and affirmed that he would try his best to support the safe evacuation of Vietnamese citizens from conflict zones.

The two sides also discussed bilateral relations, with Minister Son suggesting that Russia continue to pay attention to and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community there to stabilize their life, production, and business operation.

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Vietnam leaders congratulate US on 246th Independence Day

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Vietnamese leaders have sent congratulatory messages to leaders of the U.S. government and Congress on the occasion of the country’s 246th Independence Day.

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sent their congratulations to U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue also extended greetings to President of the Senate Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

On the same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son sent a congratulatory message to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Vietnam and the U.S. established bilateral relations in 1995, paving the way for a partnership of trust, friendship, and mutual respect.

The bilateral relationship is guided by the comprehensive partnership signed in 2013 and joint statements issued by the leaders of the two countries in 2015, 2016, and May and November 2017, according to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

After lifting the ban on the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam in May 2016, the U.S. continued to support the Southeast Asian country in maritime security, including handing over Hamilton-class coast guard ships to Vietnam in 2017 and 2020.

The people-to-people relations between the two countries have also developed rapidly, with tens of thousands of Vietnamese students having come to the U.S. to study, contributing nearly US$1 billion to the local economy.

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