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President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc offers incense in Quảng Trị

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President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (centre) offers incenses at the Quảng Trị Citadel. — VNA/ Photo Thống Nhất

QUẢNG TRỊ — President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Friday offered incense at the Quảng Trị Citadel in Quảng Trị Province — a famous relic that is considered a ‘cemetery without graves’, to remember all the soldiers who passed away for the cause of protecting the country.

It was a part of a programme for the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Quảng Trị.

President Phúc and his delegation respectfully expressed their infinite gratitude of the martyrs’ great merits, who dedicated their youth and lives to the Fatherland’s independence and freedom.

During the resistance war, in the brave and courageous fight to defend the citadel and Quảng Trị Town over 81 days in the summer of 1972 (from June 28 to September 16), the ancient citadel of Quảng Trị has gone into the national history as a shining milestone of revolutionary heroism.

Thousands of soldiers are forever buried in the ground of Quảng Trị Citadel so that the country could be independent and unified and the people happy and prosperous like today.

Here, the President and his delegation attended the issuance ceremony of a set of postage stamps: “50 years of protecting the Quảng Trị Citadel”.

The ceremony was jointly organised by the Quảng Trị People’s Committee and the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The stamps are based on the idea of: “resounding the great song forever, remembering the sacrifices of the army and people of Quảng Trị Province and looking to the future”.

Artists designed the stamps with vibrant and bright colours.

The main image is a “large cluster of lanterns” depicting the heroic fighting process of the soldiers defending the citadel under bombs and fire.

The stamp issuance will raise awareness among all classes of people and educate generations about patriotism and the glorious history of the nation and of Quảng Trị Province.

Also on Friday, President Phúc offered incense at the memorial area of late Party General Secretary Lê Duẩn in Hậu Kiên Village, Triệu Thành Commune, Triệu Phong District.

He respectfully remembered and expressed his gratefulness for the outstanding merits of Party General Secretary Duẩn for the cause of national liberation and reunification. 

Writing in the remembrance book, President Phúc stated that late Party General Secretary Lê Duẩn was a resilient leader who dedicated his life to the Fatherland and the country’s socialism.

The President hoped that Quảng Trị Province would continue to pay attention to embellishing this important relic to educate the nation’s tradition for generations.

After that President Phúc attended the inauguration ceremony of the Triệu Thành Junior Secondary School in Triệu Phong District.

He had called for benefactors to build the school.

Emphasising that Triệu Phong is the hometown of late Party General Secretary Lê Duẩn and a land rich with revolutionary traditions, the President wished that teachers and students would promote the glorious revolutionary tradition of their homeland, make efforts to teach and study and contribute to the development of the province and the country.

The President then attended the groundbreaking ceremony of a coastal road project connecting the East-West economic corridor Phase One.

The work is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Quảng Trị Province’s liberation.

The project has an investment of more than VNĐ2 trillion (US$87 million). It is 55km long, has many lanes and ensures a speed of 60-100km per hour.

The project is expected to be completed in 2025. The completed project will create an inter-regional traffic route, promoting marine economic development for Quảng Trị and neighbouring provinces. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1176960/president-nguyen-xuan-phuc-offers-incense-in-quang-tri.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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