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VN, UK to strengthen strategic ties

Update: February, 28/2015 - 09:40

Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, headed the delegations. — Photo vtc.vn

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and the United Kingdom focused on issues surrounding international economic integration, national defence-security and recent global developments during their fourth strategic dialogue in Ha Noi yesterday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and British Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, headed the delegations.

On the path to global economic integration, both sides renewed their commitment to conclude negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Viet Nam and the EU.

They also deemed the eighth meeting of the Joint Economic Trade Committee a constructive discussion platform for ideas to boost Viet Nam-UK trade and investment activities. The meeting will be held in London in early March.

Recognising Viet Nam's progress in fulfilling the UN Millennial Development Goals, the UK said it would taper off its supply of aid to Viet Nam by March 2016, but continue providing aid packages through the EU and multilateral mechanisms such as the World Bank and the UN.

The Vietnamese side thanked the UK for its support in reducing poverty and facilitating sustainable development in the country.

Both host and guest hailed the establishment of the Viet Nam-UK Research Institute to promote post-tertiary research to international standards, and agreed to further improve English training in Viet Nam and launch a transparent and fair legal framework for UK education providers.

The two sides welcomed the operation of the Newton Fund in Viet Nam, a partnership programme on research and innovation.

They also said they wished to sign a memorandum of understanding this March on creating a framework for cooperation in this field.

Agreeing on joint efforts to respond to climate change and prepare for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-21) in Paris, the two nations underscored the need to reach an ambitious agreement at the end of the conference in line with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Viet Nam hailed Britain's role as the leading donor to Viet Nam's anti-corruption fight and said it hoped the relationship would continue.

The UK praised Viet Nam for sending two officers to UN peacekeeping missions and for its commitment to add anti-sexual violence content to the training curricula at the country's peacekeeping centre.

It also hailed Viet Nam for joining global efforts against illegal wildlife trading, organised crime.and cyber crime, modern slavery, money laundering, child exploitation and illegal immigration.

Delegates also signed a memorandum of understanding on allowing relatives of diplomatic representative staff to seek paid jobs in the host country.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also met Swire.

Both host and guest said they were pleased with the progress of the bilateral strategic partnership in priority fields, and agreed to facilitate regular high-level visits.

They also agreed to work closely at multilateral forums and international organisations, including the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting, and the ASEAN-EU framework.

The pending Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement is expected to open up new opportunities for business circles in both countries. — VNS


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