|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hold a phone conversation with his Irish counterpart Simon Coneney
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Irish counterpart Simon Coneney discussed a range of measures to bolster bilateral cooperation as well as coordination between the two countries at multilateral forums during their phone talks on May 22.
Minh shared Vietnam’s measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic in check and develop the national economy in the post-pandemic period.
For hí part, Coveney showed his appreciation for Vietnam’s drastic measures and active roles as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021 in augmenting regional and global cooperation to roll back the disease.
He suggested both nations further enhance partnership in the cooperation frameworks between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam, and between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU, as well as at international forums, especially the United Nations, regarding issues of shared concern.
Vietnam is a responsible partner of the international community, and always closely works with partners, including Ireland, at multilateral forums, to make greater contributions to peacekeeping, stability, respect for international law, and response to global issues, Minh told his Irish counterpart.
He also thanked Ireland for backing the signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). He asked the two sides to further boost cooperation to capitalize on opportunities from the trade deals, thus helping the two economies overcome current challenges.
The two diplomats noted remarkable progress in relationship and consented to jointly hold an array of activities marking the 25th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Ireland diplomatic ties (1996-2021), while stepping up comprehensive cooperation, especially in economic and trade links and development cooperation as a way of providing fresh impetus to bilateral ties.