Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has received visiting Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Xuthon Xaynhachac and her delegation in Hanoi.
At the reception on February 1, Minh expressed his delight at the close relations between the two countries and emphasized that Xuthon’s visit will help further tighten the traditional ties of friendship and solidarity.
For her part, Xuthon thanked the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry for arranging an opportunity for her delegation to work with several departments on relevant issues.
Leading VN-Laos defence officials meet in Hanoi
Vietnam’s Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, received a delegation from the Laos Ministry of National Defence headed by Lieutenant General Chansamone Channhalat, Deputy Defence Minister, in Hanoi on Feb. 29.
At the reception, Thanh thanked the Laotian Party, State and Ministry of National Defence for rewarding Vietnam ’s Defence Ministry organisations and individuals. He elaborated on the special relationship between Vietnam and Laos .
He said Vietnam will support proposals put forward by Laos Ministry of National Defence and help Laos to train up cadres, adding that Vietnam is willing to receive Laos Army recruits to study and train in Vietnam.
Bhutani PM’s Special Envoy visits Vietnam
The Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Bhutan, Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji paid an official visit to Vietnam from Feb. 28-29.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh receives Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji. (Source: VNA)
During his visit, Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh.
At a reception for Dorji, Prime Minister Dung thanked him for visiting Vietnam , saying it is the most significant step forward in relations since the two countries established diplomatic ties on Jan 19 this year.
Dung said he believes that the bond of friendship and bilateral cooperation between the two countries will become stronger in the future.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister Minh said that Vietnam always attaches a great deal of importance to developing ties with South Asian countries, including Bhutan .
He also recommended that both countries cooperate closer at every level, promote economic, cultural and tourism as well as supporting each other at regional and international forums.
The bhutani official replied that he was impressed with the achievements Vietnam had recorded during its revolutionary struggles in the past as well as its programme of national construction and development at present and agreed that Vietnam and Bhutan should foster closer ties in the near future.
Italian Foreign Minister visits Hanoi for talks
Vietnam has always acknowledged Italy ’s role in Europe and is keen to develop friendship and cooperation with the country, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has said.
Minh made the remark at talks with his visiting Italian counterpart Giulio Terizi D Sant'Agata in Hanoi on Feb. 29.
He underlined Vietnam ’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and active regional and international integration.
Minister Sant’Agata praised Vietnam ’s achievements in national renewal and said Italy wants to strengthen ties with Vietnam , which plays an important role in Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
He affirmed Italy recognised Vietnam ’s market economy and said he hoped that both countries will lift relations to a strategic partnership in the near future, especially as both prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2013.
The two sides agreed to step up the exchange of delegations and strive to raise the turnover of two-way trade to 3 billion USD during 2012-2013. They will also make it easier for businesses from both countries to seek out partners and investors, including the public private partnership (PPP) model.
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern and expressed wish to continue to support each other at regional and international forums, especially the UN, ASEAN-EU and ASEM.
Sant'Agata also invited his Vietnamese counterpart to pay an official visit to Italy which Minh accepted with pleasure.
Vietnam supports UNESCO’s reform efforts
The Party and State of Vietnam always support UNESCO’s reform policies and share the difficulties presented by the global economic recession, especially after the US decision to reduce financial aid for the organisation.
Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) Nguyen Thanh Son made this statement during his meeting with UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova on February 29 in Paris.
The meeting was within the UNESCO Executive Board’s annual session from February 27 to March 10.
Mr Son highlighted the results of Vietnam-UNESCO practical cooperation, saying that UNESCO recognition of Vietnam’s many cultural, natural, and intangible heritages and biosphere reserves has significantly contributed to the country’s socio-economic development.
Deputy Minister Son affirmed that Vietnam is ready to host the Asia-Pacific Regional Consultative Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO, slated for June, in coincidence with the 35th founding anniversary of Vietnam’s National Commission for UNESCO and the world heritage recognition ceremony of the Ho Citadel in Thanh Hoa province.
Vietnam always supports the plan of action proposed by Irina Bokova at a special session held in January 26.
On the occasion, Mr Son put forward Vietnam’s proposal recognizing the file of the Hung Kings death anniversary as a world intangible heritage.
For her part, Irina Bokova proposed Vietnam coordinate with UNESCO to call for the US Government to cooperate in UNESCO activities and the US congress to reconsider its provision of financing for the organization’s operations.