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Update: August, 24/2015 - 09:42

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — A Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc has attended the seventh Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM 7) of the Forum for East Asia – Latin American Cooperation (FEALAC), held in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica.

The meeting, which opened on Friday on the theme of Two Regions, One Vision, was attended by 16 East Asian countries and 19 Latin American states.

FMM 7 focused on discussing orientations, initiatives, and measures to cement the forum's institutions and organisation, and improve co-operation within the forum.

The meeting adopted the San Jose Statement and reports of the forum's 16th Senior Officials Meeting and working groups.

Besides specific co-operation, the San Jose Statement emphasised that activities and co-operation within the forum were implemented on the basis of international law and established international principles.

Deputy Minister Ngoc highly spoke of Thailand's and Costa Rica's positive role as regional co-ordinators in promoting the progress of FEALAC during 2013-15.

He thanked member countries for their co-operation when Viet Nam and Ecuador co-chaired the Working Group on Culture, Youth, Gender and Sports in the past term as well as their trust and support for the two countries to continue taking these roles during the 2015-17 term.

Ngoc invited countries to send delegations to attend the seventh Hue Festival. He also invited mayors and governors of cultural heritage cities from member countries of the FEALAC to attend the first meeting of the Network of FEALAC cultural cities project, which will be hosted by Viet Nam in Hue city at the end of April next year.

FMM 8 will be held in South Korea in 2017.

On the sidelines of the FMM 7, Ngoc had bilateral meetings with senior foreign officials from Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Japan.

At the meetings, preparations for visits by leaders at the end of this year and early next year were discussed, particularly efforts to finalise legal frameworks through negotiations for cooperation agreements on economy, trade, investment, agriculture, culture, science and technology.

On multilateral co-operation, all countries said they intended to tighten co-operation with Viet Nam at international organisations, especially at the United Nations and support Viet Nam's bids for a position in the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-21 term, the UN Economic and Social Council for 2016-18 and the executive board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation for 2015-19. — VNS

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