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Vietnamese, Mozambican top legislators hold talks



National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ and visiting President of the Assembly of Mozambique Republic Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias on Monday sign the cooperation memorandum between the two parliaments. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam attaches special importance to the traditional cooperation and friendship with Mozambique, one of the five African countries that Việt Nam prioritises to promote political, diplomatic and economic ties, National Assembly Chairman Vương Đình Huệ has said.

He made the remark while holding talks with the President of the Mozambican Assembly, Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias, and the Mozambican delegation, at the welcome ceremony in Hà Nội on Monday.

Huệ spoke highly of the important political significance of the first visit to Việt Nam by the President of the Assembly of Mozambique, adding that the visit would consolidate and develop the multifaceted cooperation and traditional relationship between the two countries.

President of the Assembly of Esperanca Laurinda Francisco Nhiuane Bias thanked Việt Nam for supporting Mozambique as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the term 2022-2024 and for presenting medical masks to Mozambique during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the visit would also promote the economic cooperation of the two countries in the fields of education, telecommunication and agriculture. During the visit, Mozambique would have the opportunity to meet with Vietnamese businesses and discuss Mozambique’s investment conditions.

It would be a chance for Mozambique to share experiences in coping with natural disasters with Việt Nam, she said.

For his part, NA Chairman Huệ expressed his delight at Mozambique’s political stability, economic reform, and social development as well as pandemic prevention over the past time under the leadership of President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi as well as the Frelimo, Renamo and MDM parties.

He said Việt Nam and Mozambique have long-standing traditional solidarity and friendship. Since the 1960s, the people of the two countries have built solidarity, friendship and mutual support in the cause of fighting against colonialism and independence in each country. Việt Nam was proud to have always contributed to the fight for national liberation and anti-racism in southern Africa.

He affirmed that Mozambique is one of the five African countries that Việt Nam priorities promoting political, diplomatic and economic relations and appreciates the role, position and contributions of Mozambique in the development process of the African region.  

The two leaders expressed their hope that the Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation between the two countries, which would be signed at the visit, would be an important legal basis for the two assemblies of the two countries to continuously strengthen and promote cooperation in the coming time.

In order to further deepen the good relationship between the two countries, Huệ suggested the two sides to further strengthen the exchange of delegations at all levels. He also reminded the organisation of the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the two countries, which was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Vietnamese leader expects the two sides will continue to work closely and actively support each other’s candidacy in international organisations, especially at the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, ASEAN and African Union.

Regarding the direction of cooperation in the future, the two focused on a number of defence and security issues such as prevention and combat of terrorism, fighting against crimes, especially crimes of trading, transporting wildlife products, and training military and security cadres and trainees. Việt Nam asked Mozambique to ensure security and safety for the Vietnamese community living and doing business in Mozambique.

The two leaders emphasised that the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries remained modest, with only US$149.5 million in 2021. Therefore, the two sides needed to create incentives to create convenience for businesses to survey the market, participate in specialised trade fairs and international trade in each country, and support the increasing number of businesses to invest and do business in the two countries.

Huệ said Việt Nam was ready to import Mozambique products such as coal, LPG and common metals. He suggested Mozambique provide a list of reputable associations and businesses operating in these fields to facilitate the connection and import-export activities of enterprises of the two countries.

In return, Việt Nam asked Mozambique to facilitate the import from Vietnam goods such as rice, machinery, equipment and materials in agriculture and fisheries; medical equipment and supplies in service of pandemic prevention and control; electrical machinery; footwear; and textile products.

He also thanked the Assembly and the Government of Mozambique for creating favourable conditions for Movitel in the process of implementing the project in Mozambique, asking Mozambique leaders to continue to pay attention to Movitel’s activities to contribute to Mozambique’s economic development.

In terms of agriculture, Huệ noted the necessity of the implementation of the second phase of the joint research project on developing food crops in Mozambique.

The leader affirmed that Viêt Nam would continue to provide scholarships to Mozambique students, strengthen cooperation with medical experts and share experiences to develop public health care and traditional medicine.

Following the talks, the two leaders signed a cooperation memorandum between the National Assembly of Việt Nam and the Assembly of Mozambique.

As part of her official visit, the Mozambican leader and parliamentary delegation paid tribute to President Hồ Chí Minh at the late leader’s mausoleum in Hà Nội.

Also on Monday, Bias visited the Hồ Chí Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA), where she expressed her wish to strengthen cooperative ties with the HCMA and expected that the academy would make recommendations to help Mozambique to further stabilise and develop. —



Vietnam looks to become one of Asia’s food innovation hubs



Vietnam aspires to become one of the food innovation hubs of Asia by contributing to expediting the transformation of global food systems, said Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), at the UN Security Council (UNSC) open debate on Thursday.

During the open debate, which focused on famine and conflict-induced global food security, Giang emphasized that recent reports and discussions at the 43rd session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference in Italy in July highlighted a growing challenge in food security worldwide, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Despite the recovery observed in various sectors after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, food insecurity remains a headache in numerous parts of the world, particularly in regions affected by conflicts.

According to Giang, the most effective approach for preventing famine in conflict-affected regions is curbing violence and promoting peace. 

The UNSC should play a more influential role in addressing the root causes of conflicts to mitigate the risks of food insecurity stemming from these conflicts.

The Vietnamese representative urged all parties involved in conflicts to respect the UN Charter and international law.

In addition, Giang suggested that the UNSC should work closely with specialized agencies like FAO, the UN World Food Program, and other international partners. 

Additionally, enhancing cooperation with regional organizations can strengthen food systems’ resilience and ensure the sustainability of global food supply chains.

The Vietnamese diplomat emphasized that food security is not just a goal but a crucial solution for Vietnam’s socio-economic development. 

Vietnam places high importance on the advancement of low-emission and climate-resilient agriculture, aiming to establish itself as a food innovation hub in the region.

Moreover, the country is dedicated to making a positive contribution to global food security by ensuring steady export of rice and other agricultural products and is ready to collaborate with the international community in tackling food insecurity resulting from conflicts.

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Vietnam condemns desecration of Vietnamese flag in Philippines: spokesperson



Vietnam condemns the desecration of its national flag in a protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday, Pham Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said at a press conference in Hanoi on Thursday.

The red flag with a yellow star in the center is the national flag of Vietnam, Hang affirmed.

The act of tearing the national flag of Vietnam is an insult to the Vietnamese people and must be strongly condemned, Hang said while answering questions about Vietnam’s response to the protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines where a group of Filipinos tore the Vietnamese flag.

Vietnam demanded the Philippines strictly deal with the case and take effective measures to prevent similar acts which could affect the thriving strategic partnership between the two countries, the spokesperson added. 

Vietnam and the Philippines are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

The two countries established their diplomatic ties in July 1976 and upgraded the relationship to a strategic partnership in 2015.

Their bilateral relations have developed strongly over the past time with two-way trade reaching nearly US$8 billion last year, the highest-ever.

During a visit to Vietnam by Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Enrique Manalo on Tuesday and Wednesday, he and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh agreed to bolster the cooperation in national defense and security, especially at sea.

The Vietnamese government leader called for the early establishment of more legal frameworks for the two sides’ cooperation in security.

He also suggested the two sides strengthen the collaboration in trade to reach bilateral trade of $10 billion, and weigh removing unnecessary barriers to support each other in ensuring food security.

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Vietnamese state president concludes Europe visit with positive outcomes



Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse returned to Hanoi on Saturday morning, wrapping up his six-day visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28 with around 50 activities conducted with positive outcomes.

The visits were made at the invitations of Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, and Pope Francis.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son told the press that the visits reaped successful results, adding that they would help promote the relations between Vietnam and Austria, Italy, and the Vatican.

During the visits, President Thuong and his entourage carried out some 50 activities in various fields.

Both Austrian and Italian leaders affirmed that they regarded Vietnam as a leading important partner in ASEAN and hoped that Vietnam would serve as a bridge between ASEAN and the EU, Minister Son said.

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son speaks to the press about the outcomes of State President Vo Van Thuong’s visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28, 2023. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son speaks to the press about the outcomes of State President Vo Van Thuong’s visits to Austria, Italy, and the Vatican from July 23 to 28, 2023. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Regarding Austria, Vietnam has been working to develop the traditional relationship and multi-facet cooperation in general, as well as the high political trust between high-ranking leaders of the two nations in particular, Son remarked.

Both sides agreed on measures to further implement bilateral deals, especially those in the fields of innovation, energy transition, and culture.

The two also agreed to effectively execute the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), with the EU nation saying that it will soon ratify the EU – Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and urge the bloc to remove the ‘yellow card’ warning on Vietnamese seafood.

The yellow card is a kind of warning issued by the European Commission to countries involved in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Minister Son noted that the Italian Parliament ratified the EVIPA during President Thuong’s visit to this EU nation.

The ratification of the pact is expected to pave the way for both sides to strengthen their cooperation in some potential areas including digital economy, hi-tech, green development, and smart agriculture.

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam pose for a group photo with Pope Francis in the Vatican on July 27, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse, and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnamese officials pose for a group photo with Pope Francis in the Vatican on July 27, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

During his visit to the Vatican, President Thuong met with Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.

Vietnam and the Vatican agreed to conclude the ‘Agreement on the Status of the Resident Papal Representative and the Office of the Resident Papal Representative in Vietnam,’ marking a significant move in the bilateral ties, Minister Son said.

Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church in Vietnam needs to continue better implementing the vocation of ‘accompanying the nation’ and ‘good Catholics are good citizens,’ adding that Catholics and dignitaries in this Southeast Asian nation should actively contribute to the development of the country and the Church.

The Vietnamese state leader during the visits also met with representatives of the Vietnamese communities in Austria, Italy and Europe, Minister Son noted.

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