Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son holds phone talks with British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab (Photo: VNA)
– Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on May 19 held
phone talks with British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and
Development Affairs Dominic Raab, during which he suggested that the UK consider the
transfer of COVID-19 vaccine production technology to Vietnam.
Raab again congratulated Son on his appointment to the post of Foreign
Minister, believing that with his experience, Son will help the Vietnamese
diplomatic sector reap more successes.
Son affirmed that during the implementation of its foreign
policy of the 13th National Party Congress, Vietnam always attaches
importance to and wants to promote its strategic partnership with the UK in a
more practical and effective manner.
He congratulated the UK on its important achievements in
controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in leading Europe and the world
in deploying COVID-19 vaccinations. He proposed the UK create more favorable
conditions for vaccine supply and consider facilitating the transfer of vaccine
production technology to Vietnam.
The British minister congratulated Vietnam on
successfully assuming the role as ASEAN Chair in 2020, and thanked Vietnam for supporting the UK in its efforts to become a Dialogue Partner of ASEAN as well as its
accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific
He said that the UK wants to continue working closely with
Vietnam at multilateral forums, especially when Vietnam holds the position as a
non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021
Raab emphasised the importance of complying with international
law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), for
peace and stability in the region and the world.
The two sides agreed to soon resume delegation exchanges and
meetings of key cooperation mechanisms, including the Joint Economic and Trade
Committee (JETCO) and defence dialogue.
They also discussed international and regional issues of
common concern and agreed to work closely to ensure the success of the 26th UN
Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), hosted by the UK in November.
They highlighted the central role of ASEAN, and supported measures to promote
dialogue and finding a long-term solution to the Myanmar situation./.