|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam Bruno Angelet.
Talking to Bruno Angelet, PM Phuc applauded the EU diplomat’s effective contributions to stepping up the friendship and all-around cooperation between Vietnam and the EU, notably the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) last June.
Phuc told his guest that he regards the EU as a top partner of Vietnam in economics, trade-investment, and development cooperation while voicing his confidence that the early ratification of the two trade deals will deliver benefits to the people. Vietnam will make all-out efforts to carry out agreements in an effective way, he added.
Regarding a number of matters the EU pays heed to, including labour, sustainable fishery development, and the rights and interests of enterprises and investment, the Vietnamese government leader suggested continued discussions, assuring the Vietnamese Government’s constant efforts to fulfill its international commitments.
Vietnam desires to get the EU’s close collaboration during its tenures as the Chair of ASEAN in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, he said
The EU Ambassador, in turn, said he witnessed Vietnam’s drastic changes while in the country and hailed its development potential.
The EU is keen to bolder ties with Vietnam and other ASEAN member states, he said, adding that Vietnam is an ASEAN member state that has signed the largest number of agreements and cooperation programmes with the EU and has the highest number of students studying in the bloc.
He asked Vietnam and the EU to focus on realizing their signed collaboration programmes and frameworks, saying the EU desires to work hand in hand with Vietnam across a variety of fields and support the country’s integration strategy.
The Vietnamese government leader said he believes that the diplomat, no matter his future position, will always be a good friend and supporter of Vietnam and continue contributing to Vietnam-EU ties.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and outgoing Irish Ambassador Cáit Moran (L).
Receiving outgoing Irish Ambassador Cáit Moran the same day, Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of great importance to fostering relations with Ireland and extolled the positive contributions of the diplomat and the Irish Embassy to promoting the friendship and multidimensional cooperation between the two nations over the past time.
He thanked the Irish Government and the ambassador in particular for their efforts in speeding up the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
For her part, Ambassador Cáit Moran conveyed the Irish PM’s greetings and invitation to PM Phuc to visit her country in the time ahead.
She was appreciative of the close relations and effective collaboration between the two countries across multiple areas whist underlining that Ireland sticks importance to trade ties with Vietnam.
With the support of competent Vietnamese agencies, Ireland opened a trade office in Ho Chi Minh City, she told her host.
Concerning the EVFTA, she said her country will continue to urge the European Parliament to adopt the trade pact and will accompany Vietnam in spurring sustainable development.
PM Phuc thanked the Irish Government for helping Vietnam implement sustainable development goals and asked Ireland continue to assist the country in this regard.
He noted with delight at the strong growth in the bilateral trade that surged 30% from 2017 to US$1.93 billion last year, and called for combined efforts to enhance the trade ties in the time to come.
Highlighting the close and effective coordination between Vietnam and Ireland at multilateral forums like the UN and the Asia-Europe Meeting, the cabinet leader thanked Ireland for backing Vietnam’s election as a non-permanent member at the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.
He asked Ireland to assist Vietnam in becoming involved in UN peacekeeping operations and assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2020.
Phuc said he hopes that the ambassador will continue to strengthen the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries no matter what position he will take up in the future.