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Vietnam, Cambodia not allow other countries to use one’s territory to harm other: Vietnamese deputy PM



Vietnam and Cambodia have been fostering their security and defense ties and sticking to the principle of not allowing hostile forces to use one’s territory to harm the other, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai has said.

The Vietnamese official was speaking at the ceremony to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam – Cambodia diplomatic relations held in Hanoi on Friday.

In his opening speech, deputy PM Khai, on behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State leaders and people, extended his greetings to the Cambodian counterparts on the significant day of the two nations.

He emphasized that the geographical proximity along with cultural and historical similarities are a firm foundation for Vietnam and Cambodia to build and develop one of the long-lasting traditional relationships in Southeast Asia.

The deputy PM reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy to support an independent, peaceful, neutral and developing Cambodia.

Vietnam always attaches great importance to and gives high priority to their good neighborliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive cooperation with Cambodia, he added.

Under the motto of “good neighborliness, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term sustainability”, over the past years, the Vietnam – Cambodia relationship has been continuously consolidated and developed in all fields, bringing practical benefits to the two peoples, and making positive contributions to peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world, Khai said.

He stressed that the two countries have been strengthening cooperation in security and defense on the basis of not allowing any hostile forces to use one’s territory to violate the security of the other.

Based on the bilateral treaties and agreements, the two countries’ authorities and residents in border areas have built a shared border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development, Khai said.

After signing two documents recognizing the completion of 84 percent of the demarcation and marker planting of their shared border in 2019, the two sides are negotiating to handle the rest, the Vietnam News Agency cited the deputy PM as saying.

The two countries’ trade and investment relations have attained fruitful results, with two-way trade hitting US$9.54 billion in 2021, up 79.1 percent from a year earlier, and amounting to $5.44 billion in the first five months of this year, an increase of 18.7 percent.

Vietnamese investors are developing 188 valid investment projects worth $2.8 billion in Cambodia, ranking first in the ASEAN bloc and among the top five in the world in terms of investment in the country.

With over 46,000 Vietnamese tourists traveling to Cambodia in the first three months of 2022, Vietnam ranked first in number of foreign visitors to the nation.

Vietnam and Cambodia have committed to facilitating one’s citizens living in the other’s territory, in accordance with their laws and the spirit of friendly neighborliness.

Both sides have also paid due attention to cooperation in other fields such as education and training, transport, culture, health and telecom, Khai said.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, who is also Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, and Chairwoman of the Cambodia – Vietnam Friendship Association, expressed her gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, State, army and people for their support for Cambodia.

Vietnam’s assistance has contributed to turning Cambodia from a war-torn into a unified country with peace and development in all fields as present.

She emphasized that this anniversary reflected the consolidation of the friendship, solidarity and cooperation between the two nations.

The basic completion of the border demarcation and border marker planting and joint efforts to build and maintain a borderline of peace, friendship, cooperation and development are aimed to bring benefits to the two peoples, especially those living in the border areas, she said.

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Vietnam Deputy PM calls for respect for int’l law at 77th UN General Assembly



Vietnamese Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized the need for respecting international law as well as independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries during his speech at the United Nations (UN) this weekend.

Deputy PM Minh delivered a speech at the high-level joint discussion session during the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York on Saturday (local time), the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The world is at a turning point in history when confrontations, conflicts, and violations of international law continue to increase, reflecting the great power competition and unilateralism, the deputy premier stated.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and many other non-traditional security challenges are threatening the very existence of humanity, delaying efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

In that context, the deputy prime minister emphasized that the international community needs to make fundamental changes and reshape its approach to global issues.

It is necessary to put people at the center of all development efforts, he added.

Vietnam’s experiences over the past decades show that international solidarity and cooperation constitute an important ‘key’ in this process.

Confrontational and zero-sum game approach must be eliminated, Minh proposed, calling for the promotion of multilateralism and international cooperation in an open, inclusive, fair and mutually beneficial manner.

He emphasized the need for respecting international law, the United Nations Charter, and especially the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of countries,

All disputes should be settled by peaceful means, the deputy premier continued, highlighting the need for strong and effective multilateral institutions, with the UN at the heart, to best address global challenges.

Regarding the regional situation, Southeast Asian countries are making efforts to build a strong and united ASEAN Community that plays a central role in the regional security architecture and in promoting cooperation with partners.

Minh praised ASEAN’s efforts to find comprehensive solutions to problems in the region, including the situation in Myanmar.

He underlined the need for maintaining peace, stability, maritime safety, and security in the East Vietnam Sea, and called on all parties to resolve disputes by peaceful means, with full respect for legal and diplomatic processes and in accordance with international law including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He quoted the President of the 32nd Session of the General Assembly while welcoming Vietnam to the UN 45 years ago as saying that the admission of Vietnam marked a further step toward consolidating peace and security in the world. 

“We have consistently supported and pursued a balanced and constructive approach in seeking lasting solutions to global issues,” Minh stated.

Vietnam has consistently worked to advance mutual understanding and respect as well as foster dialogue and cooperation.

The deputy premier called for support from UN members as Vietnam is striving for a seat on the Human Rights Council for the 2023-25 term.

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Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc departs for Japan for funeral of ex-PM Shinzo Abe



Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage left Hanoi for Tokyo on a commercial flight on Sunday morning to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Accompanying the president are his assistant Bui Huy Hung, chairman of the Presidential Office Le Khanh Hai, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the lawmaking National Assembly Vu Hai Ha, and Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, among other high officials.

During his three-day trip to Japan, President Phuc will attend the main events of the state funeral and meet with former PM Abe’s family members, Japanese leaders, and leading officials from certain countries, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In addition to the Vietnamese head of state, the funeral will also be attended by about 50 leaders and former leaders of other countries, including U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian PM Narendra Modi, former British PM Theresa May, and ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among others.

Emperor of Japan Hironomiya Naruhito will host receptions for heads of the delegations attending the event, while Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the spouse of ex-PM Abe will extend thanks to them.

The state funeral ceremony will commence at 2:00 pm on Tuesday at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, with about 6,000 guests in attendance.

President Phuc’s presence at the funeral shows Vietnam’s affection and recognition for former PM Abe’s great contributions to promoting the two countries’ relations, and at the same time affirming the importance of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, according to the foreign ministry. 

During his time in office, PM Abe visited Vietnam four times and made significant devotion to boosting the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, the ministry added.

Abe was assassinated on July 8 morning while giving a speech in Nara City as part of his campaigning support for a parliamentary candidate of the Liberal Democratic Party in Nara Prefecture.

He was shot twice in the back with a homemade gun by the Japanese suspect, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, and died at the hospital later the same day due to blood loss.

Abe, passing away at 67, was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, holding the post in 2006-07 and later from 2012 to 2020.

Vietnam and Japan have seen the bilateral relationship develop fruitfully since their establishment of diplomatic relations on September 21, 1973, and are looking forward to celebrating their 50th year of the diplomatic ties next year.

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Vietnam Days Abroad 2022 to take place in Austria, India, S.Korea



Vietnam Days Abroad 2022, with diverse activities to promote Vietnam’s land, people and culture to international friends, will be held in Austria, India, and South Korea on the anniversaries of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and these countries, a diplomat has announced.

Tran Quoc Khanh, deputy head of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO under Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement at a press conference held in Hanoi on Thursday to introduce the coming annual Vietnam Days Abroad.

“This is the time for us to further promote to international friends the image of a Vietnam overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, a fresh Vietnam with its rich culture identity and friendly and hospitable people, and a Vietnam willing to boost cooperation with other countries in all fields,” Khanh said.

Specifically, Vietnam Day in Austria 2022 will take place on September 28 and 29 in Vienna, the Austrian capital, featuring activities such as the Vietnam’s Cultural Space in Austria and the Vietnam-Austria Business Forum.

The event will provide an overview of the 50-year cooperation and friendship relations between the two countries, opening opportunities to promote bilateral economic and trade ties and to further understand Vietnamese culture through Vietnamese tea art, Dong Ho folk paintings and lacquer paintings.

In particular, the orchestra of the Vietnam National Music Academy will join Austrian artists to perform some typical musical works of the two countries at the ceremony for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Austria.

More than a month later, the Vietnam Day in India 2022 is expected to be held from November 3 to 4 in New Delhi, the Indian capital.

During these days, activities celebrating the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India will be held, offering chances to discover Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine, to learn about the Vietnamese tea art, and to join many other cultural promotion activities.

In South Korea, the Vietnam Day program is expected to take place from late November through early December in the country’s capital, Seoul, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam-South Korea diplomatic ties.

With the goal of targeting the young public, Vietnam Day in Korea in 2022 will focus on cinema exchange activities, cuisine programs with the theme of “Family cuisine in the cultures of Vietnam and South Korea” that feature Vietnam’s tea art, water puppetry performances, and the making of Dong Ho folk paintings.

Within the framework of the Vietnam Day programs in Austria, India and South Korea, the foreign ministry will coordinate with its partners to officially launch two digital cultural products including the online exhibition entitled “Vietnamese Lacquer Painting” and a Vietnamese culture-based video game named “Lac Viet Adventure Diary”.

Vietnam Days Abroad is an annual national promotion program hosted by the foreign affairs ministry since 2010 under the assignment of the Prime Minister.

The latest information about Vietnam Days Abroad 2022 will be updated on the Vietnam Days Abroad fanpage and the website

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