The visits to Austria, Belgium, Demark and the European Union (EU) by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc aim to convey the message of Vietnam’s desire to make friends with all countries, to boost extensive international integration, and effective participation along with the international community in resolving global challenges
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife jet off to Vienna, Austria- the first European nation during their trip to Europe.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his wife and high-ranking delegation departed Hanoi on October 14 morning for Vienna, Austria, to attend the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM 12) and the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Summit (P4G) and pay officials visits to Austria, Belgium, Demark and a working visit to the European Union (EU).
The visits came at the invitations of President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
The cabinet leader is accompanied by Minister of Trade and Industry Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Public Security Bui Van Nam, Vietnamese Ambassador to Austria Le Dung, and others.
The 12th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM 12), set to take place in Belgium, will focus on a score of measures to promote ASEM's role in promoting multilateral cooperation and Asia- Europe connectivity, upholding international law, and maintaining peace, security, stability, cooperation and development of the world and the two continents.
The Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Summit (P4G) themed "Solutions for Sustainable Development", scheduled to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, is expected to outline a vision, orientations, and specific measures and actions to promote green growth and sustainable development on a global scale.
Vietnam’s attendance at these meetings at the invitation of the EU shows their high regard for the southeast Asian nation’s role in dealing with current international issues.
The trip to Europe by Prime Minister Phuc takes place amid the continued positive development of the Vietnam –EU relations, as evidenced by regular meetings and delegation exchanges.
The EU is the largest non-refundable aid provider for Vietnam, the third largest trading partner behind China and the US, the second largest export market after the US, and the leading foreign investor in Vietnam.
Therefore, the visits are of particular significance, showing international friends’ recognition of high importance to Vietnam's role in resolving global challenges.
Vietnam and EU officially set up diplomatic ties on November 28, 1990. In 1996, the European Commission (EC) established its representative delegation in Hanoi.
Both sides have maintained cooperation mechanisms, including the annual Political Consultation at Vice-Ministerial Level, the Vietnam-EU Joint Committee, and the Vietnam-EU human rights dialogue.
In the first half of 2018, bilateral trade reached US$27 billion, up 12.35 % over 2017. The two sides have been actively speeding up the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).
Vietnam and the EU have also worked closely at multilateral forums and international organisations, particularly within the framework of the ASEAN-EU cooperation mechanism, the ASEM and the UN.
During the trip, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his delegation are due to visit Austria, Belgium and Denmark which are important partners of Vietnam in economic, trade and cultural cooperation. Vietnam established diplomatic relations with Austria in 1972, with Belgium in 1973, and with Denmark in 1971.
Vietnam and Austria have maintained high-level meetings and delegation exchanges, close cooperation, and mutual support at multilateral forums. Belgium is currently Vietnam’s seventh largest export market in the EU, investing nearly US$600 million in the country.
For Denmark, 2018 marks the fifth anniversary of Vietnam - Denmark comprehensive partnership. The two sides have closely and effectively coordinate at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations, ASEM and ASEAN-EU.
PM Phuc’s attendance at ASEM 12, P4G and his visits to Austria, Belgium, Denmark and the EU are designed to affirm Vietnam’s external policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, persification and multilateralization of international relations, and active international integration.
The visits also extend a message of Vietnam’s extensive integration into the international community, enhancement of multilateral diplomacy, contributions to building and shaping multilateral institutions and effective participation in addressing global challenges at multilateral organizations.