Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung and Undersecretary
of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Manlio Di
Stefano chaired the third political consultation at deputy foreign ministerial
level via a teleconference on May 26.
Di Stefano conveyed congratulations from Italian senior leaders to leaders of
the Vietnamese Party, State, Government and National Assembly, while affirming
his wish to boost cooperation between the two countries.
He stressed cooperation in trade and investment continues to be a pillar in the
Italy-Vietnam strategic partnership. Despite COIVD-19, bilateral trade reached
1.8 billion USD in the first four months of this year, up 28 percent from the
same period last year.
Deputy FM Dung affirmed Vietnam’s consistent external policy, with promoting relations
with important partners, including Italy.
highly valued the bilateral effective cooperation across areas in recent times.
Italy is Vietnam’s fourth largest trade partner in the European Union (EU),
while Vietnam is Italy’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN.
He said the two sides need to take advantage of positive impacts brought by the
EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to meet the target of raising bilateral
trade to 5 billion USD.
He asked Italy to soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement
(EVIPA), and facilitate economic cooperation between Vietnam and the EU as well
as and Italy.
Discussing the current pandemic situation, the two sides
said that vaccination is an important factor for the early opening of
economies, affirming their commitment to continuing coordination in sharing experience
in pandemic prevention and control, accessing safe and effective vaccine
sources as well as transferring vaccine production technology. They also vowed
to collaborate with and support each other in taking post-COVID-19 economic
The two sides agreed to strengthen the exchange of delegations and regular
contacts between the two countries' high-ranking leaders, continue to
effectively implement the mechanisms that they have built up over the years,
and coordinate in mapping out activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary
of bilateral diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam-Italy
Strategic Partnership in 2023.
On the multilateral aspect, the two sides agreed to continue
to actively coordinate in sharing information and exchanging consultative views
and stances on international and regional issues of mutual concern.
Deputy FM Dung welcomed Italy for becoming a development partner
of ASEAN during Vietnam's Chairmanship, expressing his belief that this is the
basis to make ASEAN - Italy cooperation more effective and substantive.
At the end of the political consultation, on behalf of the Governments of the
two countries, Dung and Di Stefano signed the Action Plan to implement
the Vietnam - Italy Strategic Partnership for the 2021-2022 period, with a vision
toward 2023. Accordingly, the two countries will focus on boosting collaboration
in politics, diplomacy, defence, science and technology, culture, tourism, and
development cooperation, energy, environment, sustainable development and