Seven foreign trips of PM Phuc during first year in office

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VGP - PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc made seven foreign visits to the Russian Federation, Japan, Mongolia, Laos, China, Cambodia, and Switzerland since he took office on April 7, 2016.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Russian PM D. Medvedev hold talks. Photo: VGP

First tour to Russia

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc left Ha Noi on May 16, 2016 for his first foreign visit to Russia.

The visit aimed to realize the foreign policy set forth at the 12th National Party Congress and to deepen the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership.

It is also an indication of the Vietnamese authorities’ full trust in Russian friends and wholehearted support for developing comprehensive cooperation with Russia, PM Phuc said.

During the visit, he held talks with Russian PM D. Medvedev, had bilateral meetings with President V. Putin, Speaker of State Duma Sergei Naryshkin, Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko, and participated in the Viet Nam-Russia Business Forum.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2nd, R), Russian President Putin, ASEAN leaders and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh to the Summit. Photo: VGP

The PM also attended the Commemorative Summit to mark the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-Russia dialogue relationship, which took place in the context of positive progress in bilateral ties.

On the sidelines of the Summit, PM Phuc met with his counterparts from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the Russian city of Sochi.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc shakes hands with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe before their talks in Tokyo. Photo: VGP

In Japan for expanded G7 Summit

PM Phuc and a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese Government left Ha Noi for Japan on May 26 for a visit to the country and attending the expanded G7 Summit Japan 2016.

This was the first visit to Japan by Nguyen Xuan Phuc as head of the Vietnamese Government. It took place in the context that the “extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia” between Viet Nam and Japan was thriving.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (5th, R) and leaders to the expanded G7 Summit. Photo: VGP
On the sidelines of the summit, he met with French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK PM David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, Italian PM Matteo Renzi and President of the World Bank Jim Yong-kim.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and Mongolian counterpart J. Erdenebat shake hands before their talks on July 13, 2016. Photo: VGP

In Mongolia for 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc landed Chinggis airport in Ulan Bator on July 13, beginning his two-day official visit to Mongolia at the invitation of President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat.

The visit held significant meaning since both Viet Nam and Mongolia had new governments, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said in a press interview.

It offered a good chance for the two countries’ leaders to seek to reinforce mutual trust, cement traditional friendship, and promote collaboration across sectors, particularly trade and economics, he said.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 11 Asia-Europe Meeting Summit. Photo: VGP

PM Phuc also attended the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Ulan Bator on July 15-16 and had bilateral meetings with Chinese Premier, Bulgarian President, Lao PM, Japanese PM, and Slovenian PM.

PM Phuc was the first speaker among three leaders representing 53 ASEM members to deliver a speech at the 15th Asia-Europe Business Forum and he also spoke at a plenary session on “Two Decades of Partnership: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead”.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended ASEAN Summits in Laos in September 2016. Photo: VGP

Attending 28 th , 29 th ASEAN Summits

PM Phuc arrived at Wattay airport in the Lao capital city of Vientiane on September 6, to attend the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related meetings at the invitation of his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith.

He underscored the need to enhance ASEAN’s capacity and self-reliance as well as uphold the bloc’s central role, considering them crucial to ASEAN’s success.

The PM also urged the ASEAN member states to strengthen consultations and raise a common voice on regional issues directly impacting regional security and development as well as orientations to relationship with partners and the regional architecture.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Laos on the sidelines of the regional summits. Photo: VGP
On the occasion, PM Phuc met with Lao Party leader and President Bounnhang Vorachith, Lao PM Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippine President Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, New Zealander PM John Key, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon among others.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping. Photo: VGP

Official visit to China, attending CAEXPO and CABIS

PM Phuc made an official visit to China and attended the 13th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) and China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) from September 10-15 at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Viet Nam pursued a consistent policy of attaching special importance to its friendship with China and giving it a top priority in the country’s foreign policy, affirmed PM Phuc at his meeting with Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping in Beijing on September 13.

He asked both sides to soundly manage disputes at sea, comply with agreements and common perceptions of their high-level leaders, effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and soon sign a Code of Conduct in the East Sea, in order to help stabilize the situation and contribute to peace, cooperation and development in the region.

He also asked the two countries’ ministries and agencies to settle difficulties to develop the bilateral economic and trade relations effectively and sustainably.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (1st, L) and Cambodian and Lao counterparts to the 9th Summit on CLV Development Triangle Area. Photo: VGP

In Cambodia for CLV Development Triangle Area

PM Phuc led a Vietnamese delegation to the ninth Summit on Cambodia-Laos- Viet Nam (CLV) Development Triangle Area, in Siem Reap, Cambodia from November 23-24.

The Vietnamese Government chief called on the three countries to build a stable and open legal framework that facilitates the cross-border circulation of goods, services and laborers as well as investment in the CLV Development Triangle Area.

PM Phuc also presented Viet Nam’s proposals for cooperation in the time ahead, including the building of mechanisms facilitating the free movement of vehicles registered in provinces inside the triangle area, the application of the “one-stop-shop” customs model at the Moc Bai-Ba Vet international border gate in 2017, and regular dialogue mechanisms between Governmental offices of the three countries and businesses.

Viet Nam would offer more vocational training scholarships to Cambodia and Laos, and increase the value of scholarships granted to Cambodian and Laos students, he promised.

On the occasion, PM Phuc held talks with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during which former affirmed the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent policy of consolidating and developing ties with Cambodia.

The PM also held talks with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith. Both sides agreed to increase delegation exchanges and meetings of high-ranking officials, make thorough preparation for the upcoming 39th session of the Viet Nam-Laos trans-governmental committee, and implement joint projects for mutual benefits.

They pledged to boost efforts to carry out the agreement on collaboration between the two governments in 2016, in order to lay the groundwork for the implementation of Viet Nam -Laos cooperation agreement for 2016-2020.

Attending WEF Davos 2017

PM Phuc arrived in Switzerland late on January 17 to participate in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2017 from January 17-21 to reaffirm Viet Nam’s reform path.

His participation in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland (WEF Davos 2017) helped Viet Nam access new ideas and development trends in the world serving its building and implementation of national development strategies, said Deputy FM Bui Thanh Son.

This was the first time after seven years a Vietnamese PM attended the WEF Davos, he said.

He also had a series of meetings with world and business leaders, including Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Austrian counterpart Christian Kern, WEF President Klaus Schwab President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Tahehiko Nakao, President of Microsoft Corporation Bradford Smith, President of the World Bank (WB) Jim Yong Kim, Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Roberto Azevêdo, and Chairman of the Chinese Alibaba Group Jack Ma, Standard Chartered Chairman Jose Vinals, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg among others./.

By Quang Minh

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