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Việt Nam, India agree to foster deeper partnership



Vietnamese Foreign Ministers Bùi Thanh Sơn and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishanka. — VNA/ Photo

NEW DELHI — Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties in all fields and raise two-way trade to US$15 billion in 2022.

Meeting in New Delhi on Friday, the FMs shared their delight at the progress of the Việt Nam-India ties, even during the pandemic.

They said both countries should strengthen cooperation in different areas such as culture, people-to-people exchange, science-technology, energy, and education-training in a more effective manner.

They also agreed to work together to remove difficulties facing investment cooperation projects for more sustainable and healthy trade relations.

Sơn, who was in India for the Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (SAIFMM) and the 12th Delhi Dialogue, congratulated India for successfully organising the events.

He thanked the Indian side for providing helpful support to Việt Nam in the COVID-19 fight. He asked for coordination from India to prepare for upcoming high-level visits and invited FM Jaishankar to visit Việt Nam and co-chair the 18th meeting of the Việt Nam-India Joint Committee on economic, trade, science-technology cooperation in Hà Nội in the second half of 2022.

Minister Sơn suggested that India create favourable conditions for Vietnamese farm produce, including rambutan, longan and durian, to enter the Indian market while encouraging Indian firms to invest in Việt Nam in areas such as innovation, high technology, IT and pharmaceuticals.

Jaishankar agreed with the Vietnamese FM’s proposals and pledged to coordinate with Việt Nam to organise activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

He affirmed that India considered Việt Nam an important pillar of its “Act East” policy, vowing to promote the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in the future.

They also discussed several regional and international issues of shared concern. They agreed to continue their close coordination and mutual support at international and regional forums, especially the UN and the ASEAN-India cooperation framework.

They highlighted the significance of maintaining security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight at seas and oceans in line with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Following the meeting, the ministers witnessed the exchange of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in cybersecurity between the Việt Nam Cybersecurity Emergency Response Teams/Coordination Centre and Communications and its Indian counterpart.

Earlier, at a meeting with a delegation from the India-Việt Nam Solidarity Committee in West Bengal State led by its President Kusum Jain, Sơn affirmed that Việt Nam treasured the sentiments of generations of Indian friends towards Việt Nam.

He said he hoped Jain and the committee would continue to help connect the Vietnamese and Indian people, reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries in politics, economy and culture.

Kusum Jain affirmed that the committee would continue to contribute more to the people-to-people exchange between both sides.

On the same day, the two FMs co-chaired a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Việt Nam-India diplomatic relations at the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi, which drew about 200 Indian guests.

At the ceremony, the logo of Việt Nam-India 50-year-ties was announced, along with the screening of a documentary film on the history of bilateral relations.



Vietnamese prime minister hints at defense cooperation during visit to Turkish Aerospace Industries



Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh alluded to defense cooperation during his visit on Thursday to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), a major manufacturer of aerospace products and services based in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.

Representatives of Turkey and TAI briefed PM Chinh on strengths of Turkey’s defense industry.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with a leader of Turkish Aerospace Industries,Turkey, November 30, 2023. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with a leader of Turkish Aerospace Industries in Turkey, November 30, 2023. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

According to them, TAI is a leading Turkish defense company that engages in the design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration, and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems.

Among its manufacturing plants, TAI has a modern aircraft manufacturing facility with hi-tech machines and equipment. 

TAI’s main products range from high-resolution national reconnaissance satellite Göktürk-2, medium-range twin-engined transport aircraft CASA/IPTN CN-235 to unmanned aerial vehicles.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh inspects an aircraft miniature displayed at Turkish Aerospace Industries,Turkey, November 30, 2023. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh inspects an aircraft miniature displayed at Turkish Aerospace Industries in Turkey, November 30, 2023. Photo: Ngoc An / Tuoi Tre

A TAI leader said the company looks to strengthen its cooperation with Vietnam in some projects and cooperation events launched earlier.

Last year, TAI representatives attended the Vietnam International Defense Exhibition hosted by the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defense. 

PM Chinh said that Turkey had experienced tough periods during which it was restrained from cooperating with other countries.

After that, Turkey made huge efforts to develop its defense industry based on advanced technology, with its heavily-invested aviation sector able to satisfy domestic demand and the need for export.

The Vietnamese cabinet leader thanked Turkey for supporting and collaborating with Vietnam in the defense industry.

Vietnam is fully aware that its key mission is to firmly protect its independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity, PM Chinh asserted.

To do so, Vietnam needs to modernize the defense industry using modern and practical approaches in line with the country’s national defense and military strategies, he said.

The top Vietnamese official proposed that both sides explore the possibility of fostering their cooperation based on each side’s demand and ability, especially in the defense industry.

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Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh arrives in Dubai for COP28



Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early Friday morning (Vietnam time) to attend the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) and other activities at the invitation of the UAE government.

The Vietnamese government leader and his wife Le Thi Bich Tran, along with their entourage, were welcomed at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai by representatives from the COP28 organizers and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

UAE Ambassador to Vietnam Bader Almatrooshi and Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE Nguyen Manh Tuan were present at the reception.

Upon his arrival, PM Chinh had talks with UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization Abdulrahman Al Awar as well as UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla Bin Touq Al-Marri before attending the COP28, which opened the same day in Dubai and will last until December 12.

The event is expected to draw around 70,000 participants, including government leaders from 197 countries, EU officials, heads of non-governmental organizations, business representatives, youth delegates, and other related parties. 

The COP28, for which the UAE has the presidency, “is a decisive moment to act on climate commitments and prevent the worst impacts of climate change,” according to a press release from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The conference takes place as this year is already known to be the hottest period ever recorded in humankind, “as the impacts of the climate crisis wreak unprecedented havoc on human life and livelihoods around the world,” the UNFCCC said.

At the event, PM Chinh will reaffirm Vietnam’s determination to strengthen international cooperation in climate change response, as well as the country’s relevant commitments including its 2050 net-zero emissions target, according to ambassador Tuan.  

As part of his four-day trip, Chinh will attend and speak at the World Climate Action Summit, scheduled for December 1-2 within the framework of the COP28.  

The PM will join General Director of UK-based Standard Chartered Bank Michele Wee in co-chairing an event to mobilize funds for the implementation of Vietnam’s commitments on climate change.

Chinh will also deliver a speech at the announcement ceremony for Vietnam’s Resource Mobilization Plan (RMP) under the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) announced by Vietnam and the International Partners Group last year, as part of the JETPs that serve as financing mechanisms between developed and developing countries in which the former provide funding for the latter to transition to green energy.

Among tens of other activities, the Vietnamese government chief will witness the signing of memorandums of understanding between the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and its partners, and between Vietnamese businesses and banks with their counterparts.

He will also speak at the Vietnam-UAE Business Forum and meet with many leaders of international organizations and large corporations of the UAE.

Since the 2021 COP26 summit, where PM Chinh pledged that Vietnam would achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the country has launched a series of relevant action programs, including the establishment of a national steering committee to fulfill Vietnam’s COP26 commitments.

Regarding the relationship between Vietnam and the UAE, whose diplomatic relations were set up 30 years ago, Ambassador Tuan said that the PM’s ongoing trip to the Middle East country will help lift the bilateral cooperation in multifaceted fields to a new height, according to the Vietnam News Agency

The visit, along with Chinh’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia, will contribute to promoting Vietnam’s ties with Gulf countries, bringing the UAE and other member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council closer to the Southeast Asian nation, Tuan said.

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Vietnamese PM receives Turkish ministers



Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted separate receptions for Turkish Minister of Treasury and Finance Mehmet Simsek as well as Minister of Industry and Technology Fatih Kacir on Thursday during his visit to Turkey from Wednesday to Thursday.

At the reception for Minister Simsek, PM Chinh stressed that Vietnam and Turkey hold strategically important geographical positions and can support each other in connecting with large markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

There is much room left for further cooperation between the two nations whose economies can complement each other, but the number of their cooperation frameworks remains modest, the top Vietnamese official said.

PM Chinh suggested Minister Simsek continue his active contributions to effectively enhance bilateral economic ties, especially facilitating negotiations on the Vietnam – Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA), removing trade barriers to Vietnamese export products, and recognizing the market economy status of Vietnam.

Minister Simsek said that the Vietnam-Turkey relations have many favorable conditions to advance further.

The senior Turkish official affirmed that Vietnam remains one of Turkey’s priority economic partners in Asia and hoped that both nations will strengthen multifaceted cooperation in the upcoming time.

Minister Simsek underlined the need for the two countries to jointly bolster air links, visa policies, and open branches of Turkish commercial banks in Vietnam.

The Turkish minister suggested reducing the number of remedy measures to bolster trade cooperation, studying the possibility of initiating FTA negotiations to achieve a balance of trade and establish stronger cooperation frameworks in the years to come, and encouraging Turkish enterprises to engage more in investment and infrastructure development projects in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) shakes hands with Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Fatih Kacir. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) shakes hands with Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Fatih Kacir. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre

During his reception for Minister Kacir, the Vietnamese government leader affirmed that Vietnam wishes to beef up cooperation with Turkey in the national industrialization process and pledges support for Turkish enterprises in doing business in the Southeast Asian nation.

PM Chinh proposed the Turkish side mull over the possibility of making investment in and sharing its experience to operate hi-tech parks and industrial zones in Vietnam.

Minister Kacir stated that Turkey likes to bolster its cooperation with Vietnam in the fields of industry, hi-tech, automation, national defense, automobile manufacturing, and others.

According to his suggestions, Turkish electric carmakers and their Vietnamese partners should boost further cooperation. He said that it is a new yet highly potential sector.

He also suggested both sides continue completing legal frameworks to pave the way for the two countries’ cooperation activities in the upcoming period.

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