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New foreign minister holds talks with Australian, Malaysian, Philippine counterparts

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn. VNA/ Photo

 HÀ NỘI — Newly-appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn on Wednesday held separate online conversations with Australian foreign minister Marise Payne, Malaysian foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr.

During the conversations, Sơn said Australia, Malaysia, and the Philippines are important and reliable partners that share many strategic interests with Việt Nam.

He expressed his satisfaction with positive development steps in Việt Nam’s Strategic Partnerships with Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines in the recent years, with political trust enhanced and trade and investment maintained despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian, Malaysian and Philippine ministers congratulated Sơn his appointment and congratulated Việt Nam on its achievements in pandemic control and socio-economic development as well as its successes in external affairs when it was the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure.

They agreed to closely co-ordinate to promote relations with Việt Nam in all aspects, with the focus on promoting delegation exchanges, speeding up high-level and all-level meetings in flexible forms, implementing bilateral co-operation mechanisms and agreements, strengthening and deepening security – defence collaboration; and continuing to support each other in agricultural – aquatic product exports, trade, investment and official development co-operation.

Sơn thanked the Australian, Malaysian and Philippine governments for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese citizens in the host countries, collaborating in joint efforts to respond to the pandemic, especially arranging repatriation flights for Vietnamese citizens and co-operation for safe and effective access to vaccines. He expressed his hope that Malaysia and the Philippines will continue providing humanitarian treatment to arrested Vietnamese fishermen and handle the cases with goodwill.

Payne agreed to maintain the implementation of the Action Programme to implement the Việt Nam – Australia Strategic Partnership for 2020 – 2023, to soon complete a strategy for strengthening bilateral economic ties.

Hishammuddin agreed to work towards the early completion of the Action Programme to implement the Việt Nam – Malaysia Strategic Partnership for 2021 – 2025 and organise the sixth meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in Malaysia when conditions permit.

Meanwhile, Locsin agreed to work with Việt Nam in carrying out activities to celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations this year, holding the 10th meeting of the Joint Committee on Bilateral Cooperation at the foreign ministerial level, as well as implementing the Action Programme to implement the Strategic Partnership between the two countries during 2019-2024.

Sơn thanked Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines for their support for Việt Nam as the ASEAN Chair 2020 and as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020 – 2021.

They also agreed to keep working together at multilateral forums and on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

Sơn took this occasion to invite the three ministers to visit Việt Nam when conditions permit and at an appropriate time. The ministers all accepted the invitations with pleasure. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/926216/new-foreign-minister-holds-talks-with-australian-malaysian-philippine-counterparts.html

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Truong Sa – Vietnam’s sacred archipelago

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More than four decades after national reunification, the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago has been changing day-by-day. 

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Those who have helped beautify the islands and islets are also those who firmly defend Vietnam’s sovereignty over them.

Truong Sa archipelago consists of 21 islands and islets and is home to 33 navy units. Recognising the importance of the archipelago and the DK1 rigs on the southern continental shelf, over the years the Party, State, and people have joined hands to make them stronger. In addition to military units, Truong Sa now boasts schools, medical stations, cultural houses, memorials, pagodas, and green spaces.

Amid an ocean of difficulties and despite being far from the mainland, navy sailors continue to safeguard Vietnam’s sacred national sovereignty over seas and islands so that Truong Sa is forever a place for Vietnamese fishermen, helping to maintain peace for all./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/maritime-sovereignty/truong-sa-vietnam-s-sacred-archipelago-737519.html

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Việt Nam attends IPU’s virtual meeting on peace, security issues

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Vietnamese delegates at the meeting. Photo qdnd.vn

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has praised the efforts of the international community, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in raising awareness and actions of parliaments, governments and people about peace and security issues caused by climate change, said permanent member of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA)’s Committee for External Relations Lê Thu Hà.

She was speaking at a meeting of the IPU’s Standing Committee on Peace and Security held virtually in Geneva on Monday, with representatives from 35 countries taking part.

In order to improve the efficiency of multilateral cooperation, especially increasing the role of parliaments and the IPU in face of threats and conflicts related to climate change, the Vietnamese representative suggested parliaments continue maintaining strong political commitments and carry out specific actions in the spirit of respecting international law, making practical contributions to global agendas on climate change prevention for the world peace and security.

Việt Nam also highlighted the urgent need to provide support to developing countries to access financial resources, improve response capacity, develop new technologies and green energy, build effective and quality infrastructure in combination with generating jobs in adaptation to climate change.

Việt Nam believes that responding to climate change needs to be suitable to conditions of each country, and be integrated into national development strategies and plans on the basis of inclusive development and equality, placing the people at the centre, and further supporting the poor, disadvantaged people, women, and children. It is also necessary to have a national mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the implementation results and the improvement of climate change response capacity.

Parliaments of member countries need to make more effort to establish specific, synchronous and substantive policies and laws for their national and global climate change issues. Việt Nam suggested the IPU set up global initiatives and programmes on developing a low-emission economy to create a foundation for policy dialogue, experience sharing and capacity building for countries, as well as the conditions to encourage private investment in sectors with low greenhouse gas emissions.

The Vietnamese NA call for participating parliaments to urge their governments to fulfil their post-2020 responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making financial contributions, if they have yet to complete the mission; and to conduct post-2020 obligations.

The NA also recommended parliaments actively restore economic development and relief activities to help those severely affected by climate change, ensuring that no one is left behind. Also needed is the transformation of development models towards low carbon emissions to ensure sustainable recovery and create new jobs for workers via the promotion of digital transformation, renewable energy, smart agriculture, smart transportation and the establishment of a circular economy.

Participants at the event also adopted a resolution on parliamentary policy to improve peace and security against threats and conflicts caused by climate change and natural disasters. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/951558/viet-nam-attends-ipus-virtual-meeting-on-peace-security-issues.html

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Việt Nam calls for use of emerging technologies for correct purposes

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Ambassador Phạm Hải Anh, deputy head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations. VNA. Photo

HÀ NỘI — Ambassador Phạm Hải Anh, deputy head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations, called for the use of emerging technologies for the correct purposes at the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s video meeting on ‘The Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Peace and Security’ on Monday.

Addressing the event, which was initiated by the Permanent Missions of China and Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and the UAE to the UN, the Vietnamese diplomat said emerging technologies helped promote co-operation and development, and contributed to tackling pressing global issues such as climate change, renewable energy, disease prevention, terrorism and food security.

The UNSC had used emerging technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to protect civilians and ensure security and safety for peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Central Africa, and Mali, as well as investigate IS crimes in Iraq, he said.

The research, development and use of new technologies must be for the purposes of peace and development of mankind, in line with international law, the UN Charter, and meet the interests of developing countries, he stressed. 

To achieve these goals, countries needed a comprehensive, transparent and constructive approach at all UN forums, he said.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/951588/viet-nam-calls-for-use-of-emerging-technologies-for-correct-purposes.html

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