Việt Nam considers EU one of top important partners: Foreign Minister

September, 10/2022 - 13:01
Sơn spoke highly of the EU’s stance on supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea in line with international law
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn (right) had talks with Chairman of the European Parliament (EP)’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Bernd Lange on Friday in Hà Nội. — Photo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn has affirmed that Việt Nam always considers the European Union (EU) one of its top important economic and development partners.

During a reception in Hà Nội on Friday for Chairman of the European Parliament (EP)’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Bernd Lange, Sơn stressed that Việt Nam seriously delivers on commitments in the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), including those regarding sustainable development.

He added that Việt Nam will continue perfecting its law related to labour as well as follow international commitments to which it is a member.

The host suggested both sides continue deepening bilateral ties via increasing the exchange of high-level delegations, effectively implementing existing cooperation mechanisms, accelerating the approval of the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement, and expanding coordination in climate change, innovation, green and digital transformation, sustainable development, renewable energy, health care and food security.

He wished they would continue working effectively together at multilateral forums, including the ASEAN-EU framework. He also welcomed the EU’s cooperation within the Mekong framework.

Lange, for his part, affirmed that the EP, including the INTA, will continue supporting Việt Nam in delivering on commitments in the EVFTA as well as in expanding collaboration in sustainable development.

Two-way trade has thrived with an annual growth of 15 per cent, making Việt Nam the top trade partner of the EU in ASEAN.

On regional and global issues, Sơn spoke highly of the EU’s stance on supporting the peaceful settlement of disputes in the South China Sea in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the finalisation of an efficient and practical Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to contribute to peace, stability, and common interests. — VNS

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