|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh (left) and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. — Photo mofa|
Washington, D.C. (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh held meetings with the leaders of foreign countries and international organisations on the sidelines of the ongoing Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
They included Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, Italian PM Matteo Renzi, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
At the meetings, the leaders compared notes on regional and international situations as well as areas of shared concern in order to promote bilateral ties, especially in trade, investment, and green and renewable energies.
Earlier, Minh attended a work dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama and joined by leaders from over 50 countries worldwide, and much of the conversation surrounded threats to nuclear safety.
Participating countries reviewed the achievements of the previous Nuclear Security Summits, given the heightened public awareness of ensuring nuclear security. There are now more countries participating in international treaties in this field and more nations committed to cutting the use of highly-enriched uranium.
They also stressed the need to pay more heed to threats to nuclear security, especially nuclear terrorism, in the context that terrorist organistions are continually expanding their operations.
This is President Obama’s fourth and final nuclear security summit. The previous events were held in Washington, D.C. in 2010, in Seoul in 2012 and The Hague, Netherlands, in 2014. — VNS