Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh meets Norwegian FM Borge Brende on the sidelines of the 49th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-49) and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên
VIENTIANE — Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh met his counterparts from Norway, New Zealand and Canada yesterday on the sidelines of the 49th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM-49) and related meetings in Vientiane, Laos.
FM Minh and Norwegian FM Borge Brende agreed on steps to improve the efficiency of bilateral co-operation. The Vietnamese leader was committed to close collaboration to foster bilateral ties, saying that Việt Nam would provide all possible support for Norwegian firms in Việt Nam in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, shipbuilding technology, marine transport, oil and gas, and aquaculture.
Minh and New Zealand FM Murray McCully expressed their pleasure at the practical development of bilateral ties and the positive growth of two-way trade and tourism with the opening of a direct flight service. The New Zealand side positively took note of Việt Nam’s proposal to open the market for its farm produce.
Meeting Canadian Foreign Minister Stephan Dion, Minh wished to reinforce co-operation with Canada in diverse areas, and expressed hopes that Canada would raise its voice to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world.
FM Dion spoke highly of Việt Nam’s role in the region and took note of Việt Nam’s request to access international development assistance beyond 2018. — VNS