National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue meets with British officials
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (left) had a meeting with the UK's Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab as part of his official visit to the UK. (Photo: VNA)|
Deputy Prime Minister Raab said National Assembly Chairman Hue’s visit was of significance as it contributes to promoting the UK-Vietnam strategic partnership, especially legislative ties between the two countries.
He spoke highly of Vietnam’s increasing role and position in the region and the world at large, stressing that the UK wants to boost cooperation with Vietnam in various spheres, especially economy, trade, investment, national defence, security, education, justice and climate change response.
For his part, National Assembly Chairman Hue affirmed the importance Vietnam attaches to the bilateral relationship, and emphasised that the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership is developing strongly in various fields and at different levels.
The two sides shared the view that the relationship is now at an all-time high, and there still remains huge room for the two countries to advance it, especially at the time when Vietnam and the UK have become strategic partners, signed a free trade agreement, and established many effective cooperation mechanisms, both bilateral and multilateral.
The political and diplomatic ties are also thriving in all channels, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they said, agreeing to maintain the existing cooperation mechanisms.
Regarding economic, trade and investment links, they said the results have yet to match the potential and expectations of both sides, and held that the two countries should better optimise incentives of the bilateral trade deal to boost economic ties after COVID-19, and cope with challenges regarding supply chains, and energy and food security.
National Assembly Chairman Hue suggested the two sides create conditions for British firms to expand investment in Vietnam, especially in green finance, pharmacy, health care, digital technology, education, start-up, innovation, infrastructure building, and clean energy.
The National Assembly Chairman also called on the British government to further support the Vietnamese community in the host country.
Deputy Prime Minister Raab thanked Vietnam for its support to the UK for becoming a dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and asked for Vietnam’s support to soon join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Lauding the UK’s role in the successful organisation of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) last year, National Assembly Chairman Hue called on developed countries and international organisations to help Vietnam with green finance, technology, renewable energy development and personnel training to achieve the commitments at the conference.
He also called for British investments in association with climate change response in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese National Assembly backs the government and will work to enhance its role and integrate the commitments into local laws to soon fulfill the set targets, the leader noted.
Applauding the signing of a letter of intent on the signing of a new memorandum of understanding on cooperation in legal and judicial issues by the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and its British counterpart within the framework of the visit, National Assembly Chairman Hue said such collaboration creates a legal framework for partnerships in other areas.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, and emphasised the significance of law observance, saying all countries must follow basic principles of international law and the UN Charter.
Sea-related issues should be addressed on the basis of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they said.
On this occasion, National Assembly Chairman Hue asked Deputy Prime Minister Raab to convey Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's invitation to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Vietnam.
Also on June 30, the National Assembly Chairman met with Home Secretary Priti Patel who lauded efforts by Vietnamese and British agencies in the signing of a memorandum of understanding on money laundering prevention and control.
|National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (right) and the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel. (Photo: VNA)|
National Assembly Chairman Hue spoke highly of the UK’s support to many countries, including Vietnam, in the fight against money laundering and terrorism.
Home Secretary Patel expressed her belief that National Assembly Chairman Hue’s visit will promote not only bilateral legislative ties but also cooperation in the economy, trade and finance, including the combat against financial and money laundering crimes, and illegal migrants.
They said Vietnam and the UK should cooperate in handling common challenges like traditional security challenges and transnational crimes.
The UK side pledged to continue its assistance to Vietnam in technology and training.
On this occasion, National Assembly Chairman Hue witnessed the exchange of a memorandum of understanding on money laundering prevention and control between the Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam and Patel.