President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK Dominic Raab (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged
Vietnam and the UK to continue deepening their bilateral strategic partnership
to meet the interests of the two countries and contribute to regional and world
peace, stability and cooperation.
The President made the remark at a reception for First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the
UK Dominic Raab in Hanoi on June 22, who is on an official visit to Vietnam and
attending the high-level policy dialogue of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
He said the two sides should give priority to the effective
implementation of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) towards creating
breakthroughs in trade and investment cooperation, affirming that Vietnam will
create all possible conditions for UK businesses to invest in potential fields
such as banking, insurance, financial services, digital services and renewable
Phuc hailed the UK as a leading country in Europe and the world
in researching, developing and administering COVID-19 vaccine, and asked the UK
to help Vietnam access vaccine supply and production technology.
Secretary of State Raab underlined that the UK attaches importance to developing
relations with Vietnam as the UK is adjusting its policy towards the Indo-Pacific
region post Brexit. He informed President Phuc that he had discussed with
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son measures to implement the content of the
bilateral strategic partnership, with a focus on the resumption of delegation
exchange, cooperation mechanisms and orientations for coordination to optimize opportunities
brought by the UKVFTA.
The official said he was impressed by Vietnam’s work in
controlling COVID-19, and affirmed that the UK is ready to contribute vaccine to
global efforts to control the pandemic, including providing vaccine to friendly
countries and strategic partners like Vietnam.
He thanked Vietnam, with its rising role in the region, for
actively backing the UK in promoting its cooperation with ASEAN and negotiating
on joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the UK Dominic Raab, and other officials pose for a group photo. (Photo: VNA)
The two sides agreed to work closely at important multilateral forums
in 2021 such as the UN Security Council, ASEM and the 26th UN
Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
President Phuc spoke highly of the UK’s role and contribution to
peace, security, and maritime freedom in the region and the world.
The UK official affirmed the importance of ensuring maritime
and navigation freedom, security and peace in the East Sea, and emphasized compliance
to international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea