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VN can be conservation role model

Update: November, 17/2016 - 09:00
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc receives the UK’s Prince William during his visit to Việt Nam to attend an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI– Việt Nam has made efforts to protect wildlife and its intensified law enforcement against traffickers is likely to make the country a role model in the field, said the UK’s Prince William.

The Duke of Cambridge made the statement during a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in Hà Nội yesterday.

Prince William, who is also president of United for Wildlife, is on his first visit to Việt Nam where he will take part in an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade in the capital today and tomorrow.

At the meeting, Prince William said wildlife conservation is a pressing, trans-border issue, stressing the key role of governments in the fight against animal trafficking.

PM Phúc stated that Việt Nam focuses on the protection of wildlife, with public awareness raised about the benefits of conservation and animal trafficking punished severely.

Việt Nam looks forward to receiving support from the UK to conserve wildlife more effectively in the future, he noted.

On bilateral relations, PM Phúc lauded the development of the Việt Nam – UK strategic partnership in multiple fields over the years and considered economy an important pillar of the ties.

Việt Nam wants to deepen friendship with the UK, he said, asking Prince William to assist further improvement of joint projects in the future.

Phúc proposed expanding co-operation in education by boosting collaboration between UK and Vietnamese facilities for tertiary education, scientific research and vocational training.

He hoped the UK would facilitate English education and the building of a competent workforce in Việt Nam and support Vietnamese students in the UK.

Prince William affirmed that the UK attaches important to ties with Việt Nam.

He said he will support the promotion of bilateral co-operation, particularly in education and trade. — VNS

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