Vietnam, UK forge strategic partnership
Updated : Saturday, January 06, 2018 9:42 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for UKForeign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field in Hanoi on January5, where they commended active developments of the Vietnam-UK strategicpartnership. 

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Minh called on the UKGovernment to encourage British businesses to step up their investment andbusiness in Vietnam, closely coordinate with the Vietnamese side to raise theefficiency of the use of capital sourced from the UK Commonwealth Foundationand create favourable conditions for the country to access the fund.  

He also suggested the UKGovernment continue coordination with its Vietnamese counterpart in building along-term development pathway for the Vietnam-UK Institute for Research andExecutive Education and make it easier for the entry and residence ofVietnamese students in the country. 

For his part, Mark Fieldhighly valued achievements Vietnam has recorded in socio-economic developmentas well as in international integration in general and trade liberalisation inparticular. 

He affirmed that the UKGovernment will prioritise deepening the strategic partnership across fields inthe time ahead. 

Earlier the same day, MarkField and Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son co-chairedthe sixth Vietnam-UK Strategic Dialogue, which took place in an open atmosphereand on the basis of mutual respect and understanding. 

The two sides discussedorientations and concrete measures to beef up the strategic partnership in amore practical and effective manner, particularly in politics-diplomacy,trade-investment, education-training, science-technology and nationaldefence-security, in the context that the two countries are celebrating the 45thanniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (1973-2018). 

They agreed to increase theexchange of all-level delegations while fruitfully implementing the strategicdialogue mechanism on diplomacy, national defence and security.

At the same time, they willincrease the promotion of trade, investment, culture and tourism, andpeople-to-people exchange, along with intensifying their cooperation ininternational forums such as the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and withinthe framework of the ASEAN-EU cooperation. 

Both sides stressed thateconomic cooperation will continue being a key pillar of the Vietnam-UKstrategic partnership. 

Son affirmed that theVietnamese Government will continue creating favourable conditions for UKenterprises to do effective business in the country in the fields ofinfrastructure development, finance-banking, insurance, oil and gas, energy andpharmacy. 

The two sides agreed tofoster cooperation to ensure the continuity of key cooperative fields,especially trade and investment, after Brexit. 

The two countries will alsoboost connection in vocational training to develop high-quality human resourcesfor Vietnam as well as effectively implement activities of the Vietnam-UKInstitute for Research and Executive Education in Da NangUniversity and scientific research projects in the framework of the NewtonProgramme Vietnam funded by the UK Government. 

Regarding defencecooperation, Mark Field praised the fruitful relations between the twocountries’ Defence Ministries, reaffirming the continued implementation ofbilateral cooperation mechanisms and the Defence Cooperation Memorandum ofUnderstanding between the two ministries. 

The UK will continuesupporting Vietnam in joining UN peace-keeping activities, he said.

The two sides reaffirmedtheir commitment to closely coordinating in fighting organised crimes, humantrafficking, illegal migration, and illegal trade of wildlife. 

In the framework of thedialogue, the two officials compared notes on regional and international issuesof common concern, agreeing on the importance of improving the efficiency ofglobal administration as well as regional linkages, and the role ofinternational law in resolving global issues. 

Concerning the East Seaissue, they called on involved parties to show their goodwill in implementinginternational obligations, avoid activities that can complicate the situationand increase tension in the region. 

They also stressed theincreasingly important role played by ASEAN in maintaining peace and stabilityin the region, reiterating that disputes must be solved by peaceful measures inline with international law, including  the 1982 UN Convention on the Lawof the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).

The two sides also issued ajoint press release on the outcomes of the dialogue.


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