Foreign Minister holds phone talks with EC, Hungarian officials
|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (left) holds phone talks with Vice President of the European Commission (EC) and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.|
In the talks, Borrell noted his belief that EU-Viet Nam relations will be consolidated as the EU is rolling out a range of policies and initiatives towards the region, such as the cooperation strategy with the Indo-Pacific and the Global Gateway, with Viet Nam among its prioritised cooperation partners.
The two sides expressed their delight at achievements following the nearly two-year implementation of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) despite difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU remains Viet Nam’s third largest export market and fifth biggest import market.
They agreed to advance bilateral cooperation on par with their potential and better meet the interests of both sides by increasing high-level delegation exchanges, effectively carrying out the existing cooperation mechanisms, closely coordinating at multilateral forums, promoting the ASEAN-EU cooperation, expanding collaboration in energy, climate change response, green transition, digital economy and infrastructure.
Borrell took note of Viet Nam’s proposal to soon remove the “yellow card” warning on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Southeast Asian nation, and urged EU member countries to soon ratify the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
Son used this occasion to thank the EU and its member countries for their supply of vaccines and medical equipment to Viet Nam in the COVID-19 fight, thus helping to facilitate trade, tourism and economic recovery of both sides in the post-pandemic period.
The officials also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern.
For the Ukraine issue, Son reiterated Viet Nam’s consistent policy of supporting the settlement of disputes and differences via peaceful measures in line with the UN Charter and basic principles of international law; ensuring security and safety of civilians, and protecting essential civilian infrastructure; and supporting and standing ready to contribute to humanitarian aid activities, diplomatic processes, dialogues and negotiations, as well as reconstruction and restoration in Ukraine.
Son once again invited Borrell to visit Viet Nam and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.
The same day, Son held phone talks with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, during which the two sides affirmed the importance they attached to the Viet Nam-Hungary comprehensive partnership.
They also highly valued progress in bilateral cooperation over the past, with the regular exchange of delegations at all levels, including high-level ones.
The ministers rejoiced at achievements in economic cooperation as two-way trade surpassed 1 billion USD in 2021, and concurred to further make use of their strength and potential and step up collaboration in an effective and pragmatic manner.
Both sides will actively prepare for the 10th meeting of the Viet Nam-Hungary Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation in the time ahead.
Son thanked Hungary for prioritising Viet Nam in providing official development assistance, and spoke highly of efforts made by the two sides in pushing cooperation projects using ODA from the Hungarian government, including Can Tho Oncology Hospital.
On this occasion, Szijjártó invited Son to visit Hungary at an appropriate time.