Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI– President Trần Đại Quang and his Irish counterpart Michael D. Higgins have affirmed their wish to deepen the friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation between Việt Nam and Ireland in the time ahead.
The two Presidents told the press about their discussions and achievements during their talks in Hà Nội yesterday, which were held following a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace.
President Michael D.Higgins and his spouse Sabina Higgins are on a State visit to Việt Nam from November 5-11.
At the press conference, President Quang said he and his Irish counterpart shared the view that Việt Nam and Ireland hold great potential for cooperation in areas of mutual interest, like trade-investment, education-training, green technology, agriculture, health care and sustainable development.
Economically, both agreed to create favourable conditions and encourage the two countries’ businesses to set up partnerships and transfer technologies to each other, particularly in renewable energies, agriculture and food processing, aviation, health care, information and communications, he said.
Education and training were agreed to be the key areas for the two countries’ cooperation, he said, adding the leaders welcomed the signing of cooperation agreements by the education ministries and higher education institutions during the visit, helping to facilitate the implementation of specific joint programmes and projects in the future.
President Quang thanked the Irish Government for considering Việt Nam a priority partner in its development cooperation policy, its official development assistance to the country during the 2017-2020 period, and its support for Việt Nam in realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs).
Sharing the hope for enhanced solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between their citizens, Việt Nam and Ireland consented to effectively implement their collaboration in child adoption, increase cultural and art exchanges and promote the bridging role played by the Vietnamese in Ireland, contributing to strengthening the bilateral affiliation in other realms.
The Presidents reached consensus on the need to maintain peace and security, and boost cooperation and development in the world.
Việt Nam and Ireland also agreed to continue their close coordination at international forums like the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and within the framework of ASEAN-EU cooperation in order to address global issues such as climate change and actualise the MDGS for a green, clean, peaceful and better world, President Quang said.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the host said he and his guest shared the view that the disputes should be handled by peaceful measures in line with international law, especially the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).
For his part, President Higgins said their talks touched upon a range of cooperation areas, both bilaterally and multilaterally.
They were also unanimous in how to reach their shared objectives, bilaterally and multilaterally, in order to fulfill their obligations to the international community.
Higgins said he and his Vietnamese counterpart talked about migration as well as its global impacts, the affiliation in multilateral institutions like the UN Arms Trade Treaty, and their mutual support as candidacies to non-permanent seats of the UN Security Council.
The Irish President stressed that the two sides exchanged information about each country’s economic situation, and discussed ways to make Ireland a bridge for Việt Nam to access the EU and Việt Nam as a springboard for Ireland to enter the nearly-600-million person ASEAN market.
He appreciated contributions of the Vietnamese in Ireland and the Irish community in the Southeast Asian nation.
The leaders said they hope that the two countries’ young people will contribute to world peace.
Higgins used the occasion to invite President Trần Đại Quang and his spouse to soon pay a visit to Ireland.
At the end of their talks, the Presidents witnessed the signing of several agreements in development cooperation and collaboration in education-training, wind power, information technology, telecommunications and medical equipment.
Việt Nam and Ireland have made strides in cooperation since their diplomatic relationship was set up on April 5, 1996. They have regularly exchanged high-ranking delegations and coordinated at international forums.
Bilateral trade reached $402 million in 2015, up 28 per cent from the previous year. It hit $798 million in the first nine months of 2016, rising three-fold year-on-year, including $82 million of Vietnamese exports.
Việt Nam mainly ships timber and wood products, footwear and garments to Ireland while importing medicine materials, computers and electronic components.
Ireland currently has 17 investment projects with a combined capital of $20.7 million in Việt Nam, ranking 67th among 115 countries and territories investing here.
Việt Nam is the only Asian nation among nine priority recipients of Ireland’s development assistance. Ireland gave $150 million in non-refundable aid to Việt Nam between 2007 and 2016, focusing on poverty reduction, support for vulnerable groups, and improving economic management.--VNS