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US committed to support a strong, prosperous, and independent Việt Nam: Pompeo

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Việt Nam Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both wear masks, share an ‘elbow greeting’ as they met in Hà Nội on Friday. — VNA/ Photo Bùi Lâm Khánh

HÀ NỘI — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday reaffirmed the US support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Việt Nam with an increasingly expanded role in the region.

He was speaking during the talks with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh in Hà Nội, as part of his five-day Asia tour, as the two countries marked 25 years of diplomatic relations in 2020.

The US diplomat pledged to maintain stable cooperation with Việt Nam to elevate bilateral ties in practicality, confidence, effectiveness, and sustainability, making positive contributions to regional and global security, peace, cooperation, and development.

During the talks, Vietnamese foreign minister Minh praised the flexibility with which the two countries have conducted activities – including exchanges between the high-level leaders – to commemorate the 25th anniversary of diplomacy amid challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign minister Minh thanked the US Government for delivering timely and practical support for Việt Nam in the fight against COVID-19 and the recent floods in central Việt Nam, including the two million dollars in aid from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Minh affirmed that Việt Nam attached great importance to its comprehensive partnership with the US, expressed his pleasure at the positive and comprehensive development of the bilateral relationship in areas from politics and diplomacy, economy and trade, security and defence, to people-to-people exchanges.

The US Secretary of State highly valued the deepening of comprehensive partnerships on the basis of respect towards each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political system.

Vietnamese and US foreign ministers hold talks in Hà Nội on Friday. — VNA/ Photo Bùi Lâm Khánh

The two sides also exchanged views on measures to further advance relations between the two countries in the future, with priority given to expediting the resumption of regular delegation exchanges, especially at high levels, strengthening humanitarian cooperation and addressing the consequences of the war, contributing to the building up of trust between the two countries and continuing to facilitate the bolstering of bilateral trade and investment relations in the spirit of mutual benefits.

Vietnamese foreign minister Minh welcomed the two sides’ effective work towards a “sustainable and harmonious” trade balance, stressing the potentials of the energy sector in the bilateral ties.

He reaffirmed the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to creating a conducive investment and business environment for US enterprises to operate “successfully and for long” in Việt Nam.

Pompeo expressed his pleasure at the measures that Việt Nam had carried out towards trade balance, the multiple important economic deals between the two countries, and pledged support for the two countries’ efforts at dialogues and consultation to build a sustainably growing commerce relationship.

Regarding regional issues of mutual concern, Deputy PM Minh requested support from the US for ASEAN centrality and solidarity, elevate the strategic partnership between the US and ASEAN.

Pompeo said Việt Nam had performed admirably as the chair of ASEAN this year as well as its non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-21 term and expressed the wish for the two sides to continue to boost coordination in handling common challenges, to contribute to the maintenance of the peace, stability, security and development on regional and global level.

Việt Nam is one of the US’ fastest growing markets and the US is one of Việt Nam’s largest economic partners, with bilateral trade reaching $81 billion. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/804079/us-committed-to-support-a-strong-prosperous-and-independent-viet-nam-pompeo.html

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Vietnam always treasures special relations with Cuba: Top leader

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The Vietnamese Party, State and people always treasure and want to further deepen the special friendship and comprehensive cooperation with their Cuban counterparts, a top leader has said.

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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks withFirst Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee Raul Castro 

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong made the statement during his phone talks on December 2 with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) Central Committee Raul Castro.

During the talks, the two leaders exchanged views on the two Parties, States and the Vietnam-Cuba special relationship, and discussed measures to further promote the bilateral relations as the two nations are celebrating the 60th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties (December 2, 1960 – 2020).

The Cuban leader stressed that the close fraternal relationship between the two Parties, States and peoples, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro and nurtured by generations of people and leaders of Cuba and Vietnam, will be forever exemplary relations in the contemporary world.

He affirmed that the Party, State and people of Cuba will do their utmost to preserve, protect and transfer to future generations this special relationship.

The Cuban leader congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in the cause of “Doi moi” (renewal), especially its successes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He expressed his sympathy with Vietnam over difficulties and losses caused by natural disasters in the recent past, and thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their support and assistance to their Cuban counterparts.

Raul Castro expressed his belief that the CPV will continue successfully carrying out resolutions set by the 12th National Party Congress and successfully hold the 13th National Party Congress.

He also briefed on the situation in Cuba and its preparations for the organisation of the 8th National Congress of the CPC in April 2021.

For his part, the Vietnamese leader stressed that the special friendship between the two Parties and nations, founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Leader Fidel Castro, is a valuable asset and becomes a symbol of the era. The Vietnamese Party, State, people and future generations will keep in mind the historical words: “For Vietnam, Cuba is willing to shed its blood”, he said.

He expressed his sympathy with Cuba over the current difficulties and believed that under the leadership of the CPC, led by beloved comrade Raul Castro, the fraternal Cuban people will overcome all difficulties and challenges.

Vietnam is willing to stand side by side with Cuba during the process of the Updating of the Cuban Social and Economic Model and share its successes and shortcomings during the process of renewal over the past 35 years, he said.

Vietnam will also spare no effort to surpass difficulties to maintain and develop economic, trade and investment ties with Cuba, especially in the supply of food and cooperation in food production in Cuba, he added.

Having spoke highly of the efficiency of bilateral cooperation mechanisms, such as theoretical workshops between the CPV and the CPC, the Inter-government Cooperation Committee; the political consultation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs and policy dialogues between the two Ministries of National Defence, the Vietnamese leader expressed his hope that the two sides will continue promote these mechanisms so as to develop bilateral relations in a more intensive and stable manner.

Greetings on 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic ties

Vietnam always treasures special relations with Cuba: Top leader
Illustrative image (Photo: Alianza News)

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong on December 2 sent greetings to First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also cabled his message of greetings to his Cuban counterpart Manuel Marrero Cruz.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan sent her greetings to President of the National Assembly of Cuba Esteban Lazo Hernandez.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended greetings to Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla.

Vietnam and Cuba established diplomatic ties on December 2, 1960. Cuba was the first nation to form a Committee for Solidarity with South Vietnam, the first country in Latin America to have established diplomatic ties with Vietnam, and also the first in the Western hemisphere to receive Vietnamese students. VNA

Vietnam always treasures special relations with Cuba: Top leader

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Former deputy minister expelled from Party

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The Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on December 2 decided to expel former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and former member of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT)’s Party Civil Affairs Committee Ho Thi Kim Thoa from the Party.

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Former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Ho Thi Kim Thoa 

The decision was based on the Politburo’s Regulation No.102-QD/TW dated November 15, 2017 on disciplining Party members who commit wrongdoings, and made at a meeting of the Secretariat under the chair of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong.

During the meeting, the Secretariat pointed out Thoa’s wrongdoings and shortcomings related to a land plot in Ho Chi Minh City and violation of regulations on the management and use of State assets that lead to losses and wastefulness.

After a retirement decision, she abandoned Party activities and went abroad.

The Secretariat concluded that her wrongdoings are very serious, hurting the prestige of the MoIT and its Party organisation./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/former-deputy-minister-expelled-from-party-694470.html

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ADMM-14, seventh ADMM Plus to be held online

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The 14th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the seventh ADMM Plus will be held online from December 9-10.

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Col. Pham Manh Thang (second from right) at the meeting

It was unveiled by Col. Pham Manh Thang, Deputy Director of the Defence Ministry’s Department of External Relations, during a working session in Hanoi on December 2 with defence attachés of ASEAN member states, Russia, China, the US, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Thang stressed that the Vietnamese Defence Ministry highly values ASEAN member states and above-mentioned countries’ close cooperation and active participation that contributes to the success of the ASEAN military-defence activities this year, including the ADMM Retreat held in February in Hanoi along with teleconferences amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

He affirmed that that the ADMM-14 and the seventh ADMM Plus are the most important events among the regional defence-military activities hosted by the Defence Ministry during the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.

Other activities such as a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the ADMM Plus and hand-over of the ADMM and ADMM Plus Chairmanship to Brunei will also be held on the occasion.

Participants at the event discussed agenda, protocol and media work for the ADMM-14, ADMM Plus and related activities to ensure their success./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/admm-14-seventh-admm-plus-to-be-held-online-694467.html

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