Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife visited the central province of Quảng Trị this week as part of their State visit to Việt Nam. — Photo quangtri.gov.vn
QUẢNG TRỊ – Irish President Michael D. Higgins and his wife visited the central province of Quảng Trị this week as part of their State visit to Việt Nam.
During their November 9-10 stay, President Higgins and his wife saw an infrastructure construction project in Vĩnh O Commune, Vĩnh Linh District, one of the most disadvantaged communes in Quảng Trị.
Provincial leaders also met with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan.
Nguyễn Đức Chính, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said he hoped the Irish government would continue supporting Quảng Trị to achieve development goals in the 2017-2020 period and consider extending financial assistance to ethnic minority areas in the province.
Quảng Trị is seeking Irish support in overcoming war consequences, especially a project on clearing unexploded ordnance carried out by the UK’s Mines Advisory Group (MAG) organisation.
The province is also inviting Irish investors to invest in such fields as infrastructure, tourism, service, seafood farming and processing, coffee and rubber, he noted.
For his part, Minister Charles Flanagan praised Quảng Trị’s co-ordination with the Irish Embassy in Việt Nam in implementing the Irish government’s assistance programmes. He affirmed that the Irish government and people will continue supporting Việt Nam, in general, and Quảng Trị, in particular, in implementing programmes for poverty reduction as well as in surmounting post-war bomb and mine consequences.
The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to strengthen co-operation. — VNS