HA NOI (VNS) – Substantial room remained for collaboration between Viet Nam and the European Union (EU), Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong told outgoing Ambassador and Head of the EU delegation to Viet Nam, Franz Jessen, during a reception in Ha Noi yesterday.
|Nguyen Phu Trong receives outgoing Ambassador and Head of the EU delegation to Viet Nam, Franz Jessen in Ha Noi. — Photo Tri Dung
Speaking highly of the comprehensive partnership between Viet Nam and the EU since the establishment of their diplomatic ties 25 years ago, the host reiterated the Party and State's policy of valuing ties with the EU, saying both sides should propose measures to maximise the potential and strengths of each side, contributing to deepening their links across the board.
He hailed the recent conclusion of negotiations on the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and asked the EU to step up approvals of the Viet Nam-EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Co-operation (PCA) signed in June, 2012, as well as the EVFTA signing.
The Vietnamese leader said he appreciated EU support for ASEAN and Viet Nam's stance on the East Sea issue and asked for closer mutual support at regional and global forums.
Affirming that the EU considered Viet Nam a significant and priority partner in Southeast Asia, Jessen said Viet Nam and the EU had appropriate conditions to develop ties.
On regional issues, the ambassador restated the EU's support for the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law.
He also vowed to contribute more to the Viet Nam-EU ties in his future positions. — VNS