UNGA 76: President meets foreign leaders, WB President in New York

September 22, 2021 - 14:50
Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc had meetings with many foreign leaders and World Bank Group (WB) President David Malpass shortly after he arrived in New York on September 21 (local time) for the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session (UNGA 76).


Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) held talks with Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session (UNGA 76). — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

NEW YORK — Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc had meetings with many foreign leaders and World Bank Group (WB) President David Malpass shortly after he arrived in New York on September 21 (local time) for the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session (UNGA 76).

He had a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, during which both leaders expressed their delight at the strong growth of bilateral trade, which reached US$4.2 billion last year despite the impacts of COVID-19.

The Vietnamese president suggested the two sides resume delegation exchanges and meetings at all levels and foster cooperation in multiple areas to mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year as soon as the pandemic is brought under control.

He asked PM Martin to push for the early ratification of the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) at the Irish national parliament and maintain the provision of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Việt Nam.

He wished Ireland help Việt Nam gain broader access to COVID-19 vaccine supplies and provide it with medical supplies, such as ventilators and test kits.

Phúc also thanked Ireland for its support at the UN Security Council.


Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark and President Phúc had talks. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

During his meeting with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark, President Phúc proposed the Northern European country assist Việt Nam in accessing vaccine supplies, including via the vaccine-sharing COVAX Facility.

The two leaders said they are pleased to see the development of two-way trade and the fulfilment of goals set in the Việt Nam-Denmark Action Plan for the 2019-20 period. The two sides are actively formulating an action plan for 2021-22.

Frederiksen agreed with Phúc’s proposal, saying she will encourage more Danish enterprises to invest in Việt Nam in the fields of maritime transport, seaport construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing of energy equipment, renewable energy, green technologies, sustainable husbandry and fisheries, green transformation, and climate change.

Meeting with the Vietnamese President, President of Slovenia Borut Pahour hailed the positive developments of the Slovenia-Việt Nam ties, and voiced his hope to elevate Việt Nam’s position in the country’s foreign policy.

For his part, President Phúc suggested the two countries hold the third session of the Intergovernmental Slovenian–Vietnamese Commission for cooperation in economic-trade and science-technology, possibly in a virtual form if necessary, to discuss cooperation orientations in potential fields such as machinery, automation, logistics, food processing and seaports.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the transfer of production technology for COVID-19 treatment medicine for Việt Nam and negotiations on the recognition of each other’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate and passport, paving the way for the travel of their citizens when international air routes resume.

The Vietnamese President said that Việt Nam pays special attention to close collaboration with the EU in fisheries development and sustainable seafood exploitation. He urged Slovenia, as rotating President of the Council of the EU, to support and promote the removal of the “yellow card” imposed on Việt Nam’s aquatic products.

Việt Nam’s holds a consistent viewpoint of promoting responsible and sustainable seafood exploitation in line with regulations of international law, he affirmed.

During his meeting with President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader, the Vietnamese State leader showed support for the Dominican Republic’s intention to open an embassy in Việt Nam.

He assigned the Foreign Ministry to work with its Dominican Republic counterpart to carry out the plan so as to foster the bilateral ties in a practical manner.

On the same day, President Phúc also met with heads of states and high-ranking officials of Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Sweden, Guyana, Lesotho, Costa Rica, Colombia and Uruguay, during which they discussed practical measures to strengthen and develop relations.

Leaders of the countries highly valued Việt Nam’s performance as a non-member of the UNSC and the country’s effective and pragmatic engagement and contributions to global tasks, which they said demonstrates Việt Nam’s high sense of responsibility and increasing role and position in the international arena.

President Phúc and the countries’ leaders reiterated that peace, stability, maritime security and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (known in Việt Nam as the East Sea) are of mutual concern, and underlined that disputes should be resolved by peaceful measures in tandem with international law.

Also in New York, President Phúc met with the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry.

Appreciating Kerry’s contributions to the Việt Nam-US relations over the past decades, President Phúc spoke highly of the initiatives by President Joe Biden’s administration to promote global efforts in climate change response.

The Vietnamese leader said both countries should enhance cooperation in developing renewable energy, improving climate change adaptation, and managing trans-boundary water resources via bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.

Việt Nam is strongly committed to responding to climate change, he stressed.

Kerry affirmed that the US continues to attach importance to the comprehensive partnership with Việt Nam.

He emphasised the US’ determination and efforts to continue strengthening cooperation with and assisting developing countries, including Việt Nam, to cope with this global issue.


Vietnamese President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) receives President of the World Bank (WB) Group David Malpass in New York. — VNA/VNS Photo

Talking to President of the World Bank (WB) Group David Malpass, President Phúc said WB-funded projects and its policy advice have substantially contributed to Viet Nam’s economic development and social security and helped the Vietnamese Government make effective macro-economic policies, surmount impacts of the global economic crisis, and maintain positive growth.

He thanked the WB for providing US$6.2 million in non-refundable aid for Việt Nam last year, and supporting allowing the country to delay the payment of certain loans given by the WB’s International Development Association (IDA) in order to reserve resources for purchasing vaccines, biological products, and medical equipment in the face of the pandemic.

The Vietnamese State leader asked the WB to continue giving policy advice on economic recovery and helping Viet Nam access and buy COVID-19 vaccines, receive vaccine production technology, and manufacture vaccines in the country.

The WB Group President said he is impressed by the Vietnamese Government’s efforts in COVID-19 prevention and control, as well as economic recovery.

He also thanked the Government for closely coordinating with the WB, stating that the WB will keep accompanying Việt Nam in the fight against COVID-19 and increase policy advice to help the country realise the goal of becoming a developed and high-income nation by 2045. — VNS