National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (C) attends opening ceremony of the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna (Photo: VNA)
- National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s visit
to Europe and Belgium on September 8-9 will create a new impetus to push bilateral
relations to a new height, especially in the context that the COVID-19 pandemic
is hampering high-level delegation exchanges, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium
and head of Vietnam’s delegation to the EU Nguyen Van Thao told the Vietnam
Thao affirmed that the EU is a very important partner of
Vietnam in all fields, with the two sides establishing diplomatic relations 50
years ago and having achieved many encouraging achievements, reflected through
the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the EU-Vietnam
Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement
(EVIPA) and eight dialogue frameworks between the two sides.
The EU has only inked FTAs with four partners, namely Japan,
the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Vietnam, of which only Vietnam is a developing
country, he said, stressing that this shows the EU attaches great importance to
Vietnam's role in the region, and Vietnam also affirms that the EU is a
comprehensive partner with great potential for development and cooperation.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of Vietnam’s delegation to the EU Nguyen Van Thao (Photo: VNA)
Regarding the Vietnam-Belgium relations, the diplomat said
that Vietnam is also an important partner of Begium as the two countries set up
strategic partnership in agriculture – the field that has great contributions
to their development.
“Therefore, we need to take measures to promote the
relationship with Belgium in a more substantive and effective manner for both
sides,” stated Thao.
Belgium is one of the leading European countries in
renewable energy, green energy and sustainable development, and has strengths
in logistics, transportation and accreditation. Therefore, cooperating with the
country, Vietnam can go on the right track towards the development of renewable
energy, green energy and sustainable development, and can step up exports, he