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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, French premiers discuss strategic partnership during phone talks



Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a phone conversation with French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on Monday, during which the French leader expressed her desire to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in digital fields and renewable energy.

The phone talks aimed to exchange measures to strengthen the Vietnam-France strategic partnership, especially in economic, trade, and investment cooperation, as the two countries head toward the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership in 2023, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to the relations with France, an important member of the European Union (EU), and took the occasion to thank the French government and people for providing 5.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam.

PM Borne congratulated Vietnam on the achievements in post-pandemic economic recovery and development, suggesting that the two sides work closely together to make the bilateral strategic partnership more substantial and effective.

The two premiers agreed that economic cooperation is an important pillar in the Vietnam-France strategic partnership and discussed the progress of major joint projects, especially the Nhon-Hanoi Station urban railway.

PM Borne expressed her hope to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in digital economy, digital transformation, infrastructure, and especially renewable energy, and agreed to promote full and effective implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to optimize opportunities.

PM Chinh proposed that France create favorable conditions for Vietnamese farm produce to access the French market, ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in an early manner to motivate the bilateral investment partnership, and encourage the European Commission to soon remove the yellow card against Vietnamese fisheries.

He also asked the French government for increasing the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students and supporting Vietnam to restore and preserve cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO.

The leader appreciated France’s dynamic policy in the Indo-Pacific region and supported its active role in responding to common challenges in the region.

Both sides affirmed the significance of ensuring peace and stability in the East Vietnam Sea, and the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On this occasion, PM Chinh invited PM Borne to visit Vietnam, and the latter accepted with pleasure.

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Vietnam’s top legislator join talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives



Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue joined talks with Speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives Martin Romualdez in Manila on Wednesday.

The conversation took place right after a welcoming ceremony for Chairman Hue at the House of Representatives’ headquarters, within the framework of his official visit to the Philippines from Wednesday through Friday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Romualdez expressed his belief that the trip will create a new impulse for the two countries’ strategic partnership to develop effectively and substantively in all aspects.

On behalf of the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation, Hue congratulated the Philippines on the successful organization of the general elections last May and Romualdez on his election to the House leadership.

He believed that the resolution on strengthening bilateral cooperation through the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society will be an important milestone to further strengthen the relationship between the legislative bodies, as well as the strategic partnership between the two countries in general.

The NA chairman praised the comprehensive achievements that the Philippine government and House of Representatives have obtained in the country’s development over the past years, especially in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining high economic growth.

Both the host and guest held that high-level visits and meetings reflect the close ties and political trust between leaders and peoples of the two countries.

They agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties in such areas as politics, diplomacy, trade, and investment.

On this occasion, Chairman Hue invited the Philippine Speaker to visit Vietnam, and Romualdez thanked and accepted the invitation with pleasure.

At the talks, in the presence of the countries’ parliamentarians, a representative of the Philippine House of Representatives read the entire Resolution 571 on enhancing bilateral cooperation through the Philippine-Vietnam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society.

This resolution received support from the entire House of Representatives.

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Vietnam’s top legislator starts official visit to Philippines



Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Villamor airbase, Manila on Wednesday, commencing his three-day official visit to the Philippines, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The visit will run from Wednesday to Friday at the invitation of Senate President of the Philippines Juan Miguel Zubiri.

This is the first official visit to the Philippines by an NA chairperson of Vietnam in 16 years and also the first by a foreign parliamentary leader to the Philippines after the country successfully held the general elections in May and elected new leaders of its House of Representatives and Senate in July.

It also marks the resumption of high-level mutual visits between the two countries after a hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chairman Hue is expected to discuss with senior leaders of the Philippines measures to promote bilateral cooperation in many fields and deepen the two nations’ strategic partnership.

One of the highlights of the visit is to review and promote the development of legal policies, which will act as a lever for economic cooperation as well as collaboration in issues of mutual concern.

Hue will also attend a trade and investment forum and a number of other activities.

Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic relations more than 45 years ago, and the two countries’ strategic partnership has continued to develop positively across all fields.

The two-way trade turnover reached US$6.8 billion in 2021, the highest in the past years, and more than $6 billion in the first nine months of 2022.

Cooperation in agriculture still has a lot of room for development, especially in the context that Vietnam is the leading exporter of agricultural products in the region, while the Philippines is the second-most populous country in ASEAN.

Ties in other areas such as education, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges are gradually recovering after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam is currently one of the three strategic partners of the Philippines, along with the U.S. and Japan.

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