UK expects stronger all-round cooperation with Vietnam

VOV.VN - The UK wishes to promote cooperation with Vietnam in various fields, especially economy, trade, investment, defense, security, education, justice, and climate change response, said Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab.

Meeting with visiting National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in London on June 30, Raab thanked Vietnam for supporting the UK in becoming a dialogue partner of ASEAN and expected to share Vietnam’s experiences and support for Britain’s early accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

He highly valued Vietnamese expatriates’ contributions to local community, and affirmed the British government would continue to support the Vietnamese community in residing, studying and working legally in the country.

For his part, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue emphasized that Vietnam attaches great importance to its relationship with the UK, and that the Vietnam - UK Strategic Partnership is developing strongly, positively and comprehensively in various fields.

The two sides agreed that the UK-Vietnam free trade agreement (UKVFTA) serves as the legal basis for strong and sustainable development of bilateral economic - trade relations.

It is necessary to take advantage of preferences of the trade pact to further promote post-pandemic economic relations and respond to supply chain, energy security, and food security challenges, they said.

Hue suggested that the two sides continue to implement the UKVFTA, and create conditions for British businesses to expand their investment in Vietnam, especially in green finance, pharmaceuticals, health, digital technology, education, innovative startups, infrastructure construction and clean energy.

He appreciated the two sides signing a Letter of Intent to sign a memorandum of understanding on legal and judicial cooperation, demonstrating their determination to renew the 2008 MoU towards priority areas of cooperation.

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue conveyed Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s greetings and invitation to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Vietnam.

He later witnessed the signing of the Letter of Intent by Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and British Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab.

The same day, NA Chairman Hue met with British Home Secretary Priti Patel who thanked the two sides for thorough preparations for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on prevention and combat of money laundering, creating a legal framework for bilateral cooperation in the area.

The British Home Secretary affirmed that she would continue to support Vietnam in technical issues and related skills training.

Later Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Hong and British Home Secretary Priti Patel exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding on prevention and combat of money laundering, in the presence of NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.