First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon (R) presents a gift to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at their meeting on October 31 (Photo: VNA)
– Prime Minister
Pham Minh Chinh met with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon right after
landing at Prestwick Airport on October 31 morning (local time).
The Government leader is staying in the UK to
attend the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and
pay a working visit to the country.
Talking to the host, PM Chinh affirmed that
Vietnam treasures and wishes to enhance the effective and substantive
cooperation with the UK and its regions, including Scotland.
Highly valuing the potential of Vietnam -
Scotland relations, he called on Scotland to share experience, help with human
resources training, grant scholarships for Vietnamese students, and send experts to assist the Southeast Asian country.
He also asked Sturgeon to facilitate
Vietnamese goods’ access to the Scottish market, assuring that Vietnam encourages
and creates favourable conditions for British businesses, including those from
Scotland, to expand investment in important sectors of the Vietnamese economy.
Welcoming PM Chinh and the Vietnamese delegation
to the COP26 held in Scotland, First Minister Sturgeon expressed her belief
that Vietnam will contribute to the success of this event. She also hailed the
country’s significant contributions to common efforts in climate change
She voiced her support for PM Chinh’s proposals, noting that Scotland is ready to share its
experience and cooperate with Vietnam in developing inshore wind power.
The official added she hopes for stronger ties in human
resources development and welcomes Vietnamese students to Scotland.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed on the
necessity of cooperation in ensuring equal access to vaccine sources in the
PM Chinh proposed Scotland to assist Vietnam
in vaccine supply and essential medical supplies.
He also took this occasion to invite the
First Minister and enterprises of Scotland to visit and explore investment
opportunities in Vietnam./.