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Việt Nam willing to help Mozambique ensure food security: President



State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias held talks in Hà Nội on Wednesday.  — VNA/ Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc held a reception on Wednesday in Hà Nội for the President of the Mozambican Assembly Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, who is on an official visit to Việt Nam at the invitation of her Vietnamese counterpart Vương Đình Huệ.

President Phúc stressed said that the visit has made an important contribution to strengthening the relationship between the two countries’ parliaments and will boost traditional friendship, cooperation and trade ties.

Mentioning the Movitel telecommunications joint venture in Mozambique as a successful model that demonstrates the great potential of cooperation between the two countries, the President asked the Mozambican leaders to continue to pay attention and create favourable conditions for Movitel to operate and constantly innovate, to improve service quality, and expand mobile services to rural and difficult areas to better serve the people, society, and economy of Mozambique.

Currently, bilateral trade has only reached US$200 million, and the President suggested the two sides promote trade cooperation to a level commensurate with the potential and market size of each side, and support businesses to strengthen trade links.

With a large food export capacity, especially rice, Việt Nam will support Mozambique in ensuring food security and is willing to strengthen cooperation in health and education in relevant areas, and expand cooperation in culture and sports, President Phúc told the Mozambique leader. 

The Vietnamese State leader also congratulated Mozambique on being elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2023-24 with a high number of votes, expressing his belief that Mozambique will fulfil this responsibility, making positive contributions to peace, security, cooperation, and development in the region and the world.

In the face of global difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mozambique has managed to maintain political stability, socio-economic development, and disease control, and kept resolute on its path to building a prosperous nation, affirming its role and the important international position of Mozambique in the African region.

The Mozambican parliament leader thanked President Phúc for the welcome, saying that she was very impressed with Việt Nam’s socio-economic development achievements.

The President of the Mozambique Republic Assembly affirmed that the relationship between the two countries has been flourishing in many areas since the two countries established diplomatic relations.

She also thanked Việt Nam for its support during the pandemic and during Mozambique’s election run as a non-permanent member of the Security Council and looked forward to having Việt Nam share its experience in this capacity.

Informing the Vietnamese leader of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parliaments, and her visit to the Hồ Chí Minh National Academy of Politics, the Việt Nam Agricultural Academy, and Việt Nam National Committee for Incident and Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, the Mozambican assembly president said that the discussions will serve as a basis for cooperation between the ministries, departments and agencies of the two countries in these fields.

She said she was glad Việt Nam has increased the number of scholarships for Mozambican students and supported Mozambique in socio-economic development, affirming Mozambique’s willingness to cooperate with Việt Nam in many fields such as diplomacy, economy, culture and education.

President Phúc said that Việt Nam attaches great importance to promoting traditional friendship and cooperation with Mozambique, and considers the country to be one of the key cooperation partners in Africa.

Furthermore, President Phúc expressed his delight to see that political relations in the Party and State channels have been well developed, creating a favourable foundation for economic, trade and investment cooperation.

In order to promote cooperation between the two countries in the future, the President proposed to strengthen the exchange of delegations and high-level contacts.

President Phúc conveyed his regards and sent an invitation to Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi to visit Việt Nam.

The President said that Việt Nam is willing to share with Mozambique its experience in working at the UN Security Council, actively implementing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, and continuing to actively coordinate and support each other at multilateral forums. —



Vietnam proposes measures to foster Mekong-Lancang cooperation in post-pandemic recovery



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



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



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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