Vietnam as top partner of Türkiye, UAE in ASEAN: Deputy Minister
|Vietnam as top partner of Türkiye, UAE in ASEAN: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Do Hung Viet. (Photo: WVR/Anh Son)
The Deputy Foreign Minister said the participation and contributions of the Vietnamese delegation, especially Prime Minister Chinh’s speech at the World Climate Summit within the COP28 framework or chairing of high-level multilateral events, have conveyed messages about Vietnam's perspectives and policies on socio-economic development and global integration, as outlined in the documents of the 13th National Party Congress. It was also a specific step contributing to the implementation of Directive 25 of the Party Central Committee's Secretariat on promoting and elevating multilateral external relations by 2030, as well as Vietnam's major strategies, initiatives and plans for climate change response.
Notably, the Prime Minister announced a plan to pool resources for the implementation of the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), which garnered high interest and commitments from countries and international organisations. The Vietnamese delegation also joined several new multilateral cooperation initiatives to open up new opportunities and potential in the areas of energy transition and green growth.
Their trip to the UAE and Türkiye took place at a special time when Vietnam and Türkiye are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and Vietnam and the UAE are marking the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. Türkiye is now the largest direct investor in Vietnam from the Middle East, with a total registered capital of roughly 1 billion USD. Meanwhile, the UAE is Vietnam's largest trade partner in the region, with two-way trade estimated at 8.7 billion USD last year, Viet said.
Prime Minister Chinh had a busy schedule, with over 20 activities in Türkiye and 30 others in the UAE, achieving tangible results in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks. Ministries, agencies and localities conducted dozens of important activities with partners in the two countries.
The Vietnamese ministries, agencies, localities and businesses signed 31 important cooperation agreements with partners from the UAE, Türkiye and other international partners in the fields of security, agriculture, civil aviation, human resources, digital transformation and seaports, contributing to refining the legal framework for future cooperation.
Viet said during meetings, partners praised Vietnam's socio-economic achievements, highlighting the country's position, role and positive contributions to international cooperation in dealing with climate crisis. Many countries affirmed their support and commitment to collaborate with Vietnam in energy transition, improving adaptive capacity, thereby contributing to promoting Vietnam's green growth efforts and, more broadly, supporting the global community.
During bilateral meetings, leaders from Türkiye and the UAE spoke highly of the Prime Minister and the Vietnamese delegation's practical and effective visits and activities, describing Vietnam as a top partner holding a particularly important position in ASEAN. They expressed their wish to boost friendly and all-around ties with Vietnam in all areas, especially in trade, investment, sci-tech, aviation and human resources development.
For partners in the Middle East, the Prime Minister’s two visits to the region within a span of two months have sent a message about Vietnam's interest and priority to developing relations with these promising partners. The Middle East is not only a potential market for the expansion of economic cooperation and export of Vietnamese goods but also a source of significant investment from major corporations and investment funds, he added.