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Vietnam looks to deepen ties with Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Vietnam's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son worked with his Egyptian and Saudi Arabian counterparts to promote relations on July 5.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son. (Photo: VGP)

Vietnam - Egypt works to enhance bilateral relations

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry discussed ways to deepen bilateral relations and cooperation at multilateral forums during their telephone talks held on July 5.

The two diplomats expressed their delight at the sound Vietnam-Egyptfriendly relations over the past time, and pledged to further deepen bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields, VOV cited.

They agreed to soon resume the exchange of delegations at all levels that have been disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as closely coordinate in dealing with issues of mutual concern and support each other's candidacy at international organizations.

Vietnam looks to deepen ties with Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. (Photo: Daily News Egypt)

Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested the Egyptian side support Vietnam and the African Union (AU) in establishing official relations soon.

In terms of economics, the two ministers affirmed their joint efforts to raise bilateral trade turnover to US$1 billion as agreed by the two countries' senior leaders, and continue to exchange experience and discuss measures aimed at promoting post-pandemic tourism recovery.

During the phone call, the pair also compared notes on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and shared views in support of efforts to resolve the issue peacefully through negotiation.

On this occasion, Son invited Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to visit Vietnam. Minister Shoukry accepted the invitation with pleasure and expressed his wish to welcome Minister Bui Thanh Son to visit his nation at an appropriate time in the near future.

The MoU signing ceremony in Vietnam. (Photo: Baoquocte)

Vietnamese, Saudi Arabian sign MoU on political consultation

Also on the same day, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political consultations between the two ministries, VNA reported.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, held virtually, the ministers expressed their pleasure at the fruitful developments of the Vietnam-Saudi Arabia relations, as well as the close cooperation between the ministries.

The Saudi Arabian minister lauded Vietnam’s development achievements, and increasing position in the international arena, and congratulated the country on its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

The event was held online. (Photo: Baoquocte)

For his part, Son affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to consolidating and enhancing the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Saudi Arabia – one of Vietnam’s important partners in the Middle East.

The signing of the MoU will contribute to establishing a framework for the enhancement of collaboration between the two ministries and countries as well, he said. The ministers used the occasion to exchange views on bilateral issues of shared concern.

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