Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received the outgoing Irish ambassador Cáit Moran in Hà Nội yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam values promoting relations with Ireland, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc told outgoing Irish Ambassador Cáit Moran in Hà Nội on August 2.
The PM lauded the effective contributions of the ambassador and the Irish Embassy towards enhancing the friendship and multi-faceted co-operation between the two countries over her term.
He thanked the Irish Government and the ambassador for their efforts to accelerate the signing of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Ambassador Cáit Moran conveyed the Irish PM’s greetings and invitation for PM Phúc to visit Ireland.
She highlighted the close relations and collaboration between the two countries across spheres, stressing that Ireland values its trade ties with Việt Nam.
With the support of Vietnamese agencies, Ireland opened a trade office in HCM City, she added.
She said Ireland would continue to urge the European Parliament to ratify the EVFTA.
Besides trade, Ireland would keep working with Việt Nam on sustainable development, the ambassador promised.
PM Phúc thanked the Irish Government for helping Việt Nam realise its sustainable development goals and asked for its continued support in this area.
The leader praised the strong growth in bilateral trade, which expanded by more than 30 per cent from 2017 to US$1.93 billion last year, and called on the two sides to step up trade ties in the time ahead.
Applauding the close and effective co-ordination between Việt Nam and Ireland at multilateral forums like the UN and the Asia-Europe Meeting, PM Phúc thanked Ireland for supporting Việt Nam’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.
The leader asked Ireland to assist Việt Nam in joining UN peacekeeping operations and assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
PM Phúc expressed his hope that the ambassador, in any position, would continue to cultivate friendship and co-operation between Việt Nam and Ireland. — VNS