Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son will represent Vietnam at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday, under the authorization of State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the ministry announced.
The state funeral of the Queen is scheduled to take place at the Palace of Westminster in London at 11:00 am on September 19 (local time, or 5:00 pm in Vietnam time on the same day), according to the announcement of the British Royal Family.
The funeral rituals are expected to last for an hour with the participation of more than 2,000 guests, including many foreign leaders and officials.
Earlier on September 10, Minister Son visited the residence of UK Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward in Hanoi to write in the Book of Condolences over the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Besides expressing his regret and condolences over the Queen’s death, Son also emphasized his respect for her support for UK-Vietnam cooperative relations.
The minister extended his deepest condolences to the Royal Family, the UK government, and the entire British people.
One day before, President Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sent their respective condolences to King Charles III and Prime Minister Liz Truss, while National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue conveyed the same to the President of the UK Senate John McFall and the Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle.
The Queen’s coffin has been at the Palace of Westminster in London since September 14 and people from across the UK and around the world have flocked to London to bid her farewell, with many even lining up overnight.
About 1,000 volunteers and police officers have been mobilized to facilitate people’s visits while many emergency stations have been set up for urgent cases.
The visitation is slated to last until 6:30 am on September 19, local time.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, at the age of 96, after more than 70 years of reign since 1952, the longest-serving monarch in British history.
Vietnam and the UK are looking forward to celebrating their 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.
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.
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.
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 http://vietnamdaysabroad.mofa.gov.vn.
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