Vietnam, UK sanguine about sound strategic partnership
|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds phone talks with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab|
The two diplomats expressed their confidence that bilateral relations will be further strengthened and shared the view that both nations boast huge potential for further cooperation.
Minh suggested the two countries intensify exchange visits and maintain cooperation mechanisms, including the strategic dialogue at the deputy ministerial level.
He also called for greater efforts towards the signing of the Vietnam-UK free trade agreement and hailed the British government’s efforts and initiatives to step up international collaboration in the COVID-19 fight. He affirmed Vietnam’s readiness to join hands with the UK in these efforts.
Minh underlined the need for both sides to offer their mutual support in citizen protection, saying Vietnam is willing to facilitate the entry of foreign investors, experts, managers and labourers, including those from the UK.
Raab, in return, emphasized that his nation regards Vietnam as an important partner in Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia in its foreign policy and desires to deepen the strategic partnership across multiple fields and promote bilateral agreements to maintain the pace of the bilateral ties, primarily in economics and trade, when the UK leaves the European Union.
He congratulated Vietnam on its successes in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanked Vietnamese competent agencies and doctors for their support and dedication in treating the British pilot.
The UK has listed Vietnam among the countries from where travelers would be exempted from quarantine regulations, the minister told the Vietnamese diplomat.
He glowingly spoke of Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC), and promised that the UK will further cooperate and coordinate with Vietnam in multilateral frameworks, the UNSC and other multilateral forums.
The UK official also affirmed his nation’s support in maintaining peace, security and stability, as well as respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
He expressed his hope for stronger ASEAN-UK ties, and called on Vietnam to back the cooperation.
As the ASEAN Chair, Vietnam supports external partners, including the UK, to bolster cooperation with the regional bloc and praises contributions by parties concerned to peace, cooperation and the adherence to international law in the region and the world as a whole.
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