HA NOI (VNS) — The Foreign Ministry and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held a New Year meeting in Ha Noi on January 13 with EU Ambassador to Vietnam Franz Jessen as well as ambassadors and chargé d'affaires from EU member states.
The meeting was the first in a series of activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and the EU (1990-2015).
Addressing the event, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son highlighted positive development in bilateral cooperation between Viet Nam and the EU over the past 25 years, as well as partnership between Viet Nam and each EU member countries.
He lauded the effective coordination and support that the EU and its members have given to Viet Nam during the country's development and international integration process.
The diplomat also thanked the EU diplomats for their contributions to the growth of Viet Nam-EU ties.
Son expressed his belief that with the diplomats' coordination, Viet Nam and the EU will finalise work for 2015, including the ratification of a partnership and comprehensive cooperation framework agreement (PCA) and the signing of a Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) as well as EU's recognition of Viet Nam 's market economic status.
On the occasion, he also expressed sympathy to families of victims of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris on January 7, affirming that Viet Nam hopes to work with the EU to ensure peace, security, stability and development in the region and the world.
On his part, Ambassador Franz Jessen hailed socio-economic achievements that Viet Nam has made, as well as the sound relations between Viet Nam and the EU over the past years.
The EU always attaches much importance to cooperation with Viet Nam as one of important partners in the Asia-Pacific region, and is keen to boosting the ties, especially after the two sides reach the PCA and EVFTA.
Meanwhile, Hoang Van Dung, VCCI Vice Director stated that the chamber is ready to work for closer connectivity with ministries, sectors and businesses of both sides, contributing to the development of trade and economic collaboration between Viet Nam and the EU.— VNA/VNS