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PM Chính holds talks with French Senate President Gerard Larcher




Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính (right) and President of the French Senate  Gérard Larcher at the meeting in Paris. — VNA/ Photo

PARIS — Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính met President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher following the official welcome ceremony on Wednesday (local time).

Larcher affirmed that France attaches importance to Việt Nam’s position and role, and wishes to deepen the bilateral traditional friendship and strategic partnership in various areas.

The Senate of France said he wishes to further step up ties with the Vietnamese legislature, he said.

PM Chính, for his part, hailed the two legislatures’ important contributions to consolidating bilateral all-around ties, including promoting locality-to-locality collaboration.

He wished that France would continue assisting Việt Nam in improving medical capacity and training culture management officers.

The PM proposed France consider increasing scholarships to Vietnamese students, help Việt Nam restore France-Việt Nam cultural heritages like Long Biên Bridge (in Hà Nội) or those bearing the mark of France in Việt Nam.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, including the South China Sea (known in Việt Nam as the East Sea) issue, they stressed that countries need to contribute to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity; ensuring security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom; as well as peacefully settling disputes on the basis of principles of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Larcher agreed on joint work to effectively realise the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). He also expressed his support for the early ratification of the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) to optimise the potential of economic-trade-investment cooperation between Việt Nam and France, and EU member states.

He added that he is ready to consider pushing forward the European Commission’s early removal of the “yellow card” warning on Vietnamese fisheries.

The Vietnamese PM thanked the French Government and Senate for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to study and work in the country. He also wished to receive more valuable support from the French Government, Senate and authorities.

The President of the French Senate spoke highly of the Vietnamese community in France’s integration and success, contributing to closer bilateral ties.

On the occasion, Chính conveyed National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ’s invitation to Larcher to visit Việt Nam. —




Vietnam looks to become one of Asia’s food innovation hubs



Vietnam aspires to become one of the food innovation hubs of Asia by contributing to expediting the transformation of global food systems, said Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), at the UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate on Thursday.

During the open debate, which focused on famine and conflict-induced global food security, Giang emphasized that recent reports and discussions at the 43rd session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference in Italy in July highlighted a growing challenge in food security worldwide, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Despite the recovery observed in various sectors after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, food insecurity remains a headache in numerous parts of the world, particularly in regions affected by conflicts.

According to Giang, the most effective approach for preventing famine in conflict-affected regions is curbing violence and promoting peace. 

The UNSC should play a more influential role in addressing the root causes of conflicts to mitigate the risks of food insecurity stemming from these conflicts.

The Vietnamese representative urged all parties involved in conflicts to respect the UN Charter and international law.

In addition, Giang suggested that the UNSC should work closely with specialized agencies like FAO, the UN World Food Program, and other international partners. 

Additionally, enhancing cooperation with regional organizations can strengthen food systems’ resilience and ensure the sustainability of global food supply chains.

The Vietnamese diplomat emphasized that food security is not just a goal but a crucial solution for Vietnam’s socio-economic development. 

Vietnam places high importance on the advancement of low-emission and climate-resilient agriculture, aiming to establish itself as a food innovation hub in the region.

Moreover, the country is dedicated to making a positive contribution to global food security by ensuring steady export of rice and other agricultural products and is ready to collaborate with the international community in tackling food insecurity resulting from conflicts.

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Vietnam condemns desecration of Vietnamese flag in Philippines: spokesperson



Vietnam condemns the desecration of its national flag in a protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday, Pham Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday.

The red flag with a yellow star in the center is the national flag of Vietnam, Hang affirmed.

The act of tearing the national flag of Vietnam is an insult to the Vietnamese people and must be strongly condemned, Hang said while answering questions about Vietnam’s response to the protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines where a group of Filipinos tore the Vietnamese flag.

Vietnam demanded the Philippines strictly deal with the case and take effective measures to prevent similar acts which could affect the thriving strategic partnership between the two countries, the spokesperson added. 

Vietnam and the Philippines are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

The two countries established their diplomatic ties in July 1976 and upgraded the relationship to a strategic partnership in 2015.

Their bilateral relations have developed strongly over the past time with two-way trade reaching nearly US$8 billion last year, the highest-ever.

During a visit to Vietnam by Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Enrique Manalo on Tuesday and Wednesday, he and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh agreed to bolster the cooperation in national defense and security, especially at sea.

The Vietnamese government leader called for the early establishment of more legal frameworks for the two sides’ cooperation in security.

He also suggested the two sides strengthen the collaboration in trade to reach bilateral trade of $10 billion, and weigh removing unnecessary barriers to support each other in ensuring food security.

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Vietnamese state president concludes Europe visit with positive outcomes



Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse returned to Hanoi on Saturday morning, wrapping up his six-day visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28 with around 50 activities conducted with positive outcomes.

The visits were made at the invitations of Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and Pope Francis.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son told the press that the visits reaped successful results, adding that they would help promote the relations between Vietnam and Austria, Italy, and the Vatican.

During the visits, President Thuong and his entourage carried out some 50 activities in various fields.

Both Austrian and Italian leaders affirmed that they regarded Vietnam as a leading important partner in ASEAN and hoped that Vietnam would serve as a bridge between ASEAN and the EU, Minister Son said.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son speaks to the press about the outcomes of State President Vo Van Thuong’s visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28, 2023. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son speaks to the press about the outcomes of State President Vo Van Thuong’s visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28, 2023. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Regarding Austria, Vietnam has been working to develop the traditional relationship and multi-facet cooperation in general, as well as the high political trust between high-ranking leaders of the two nations in particular, Son remarked.

Both sides agreed on measures to further implement bilateral deals, especially those in the fields of innovation, energy transition, and culture.

The two also agreed to effectively execute the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), with the EU nation saying that it will soon ratify the EU – Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and urge the bloc to remove the ‘yellow card’ warning on Vietnamese seafood.

The yellow card is a kind of warning issued by the European Commission to countries involved in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Minister Son noted that the Italian Parliament ratified the EVIPA during President Thuong’s visit to this EU nation.

The ratification of the pact is expected to pave the way for both sides to strengthen their cooperation in some potential areas including digital economy, hi-tech, green development, and smart agriculture.

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam pose for a group photo with Pope Francis in the Vatican on July 27, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse, and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnamese officials pose for a group photo with Pope Francis in the Vatican on July 27, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

During his visit to the Vatican, President Thuong met with Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.

Vietnam and the Vatican agreed to conclude the ‘Agreement on the Status of the Resident Papal Representative and the Office of the Resident Papal Representative in Vietnam,’ marking a significant move in the bilateral ties, Minister Son said.

Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church in Vietnam needs to continue better implementing the vocation of ‘accompanying the nation’ and ‘good Catholics are good citizens,’ adding that Catholics and dignitaries in this Southeast Asian nation should actively contribute to the development of the country and the Church.

The Vietnamese state leader during the visits also met with representatives of the Vietnamese communities in Austria, Italy and Europe, Minister Son noted.

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