New York (VNA) – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had meetings with many foreign leaders and World Bank Group (WB) President David Malpass shortly after arriving in New York on September 21 (local time) for the general debate on the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (AGNU 76).
The President met with the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, who said that the Republic of Korea wants to further strengthen the strategic partnership with Vietnam, in order to increase bilateral trade to $ 100 billion by 2023 and to deepen digital cooperation. economy, bioproducts and finance. Moon announced that the Republic of Korea will donate more than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered in mid-October to Vietnam
Thanking the Republic of Korea for its much-needed help, President Phuc said the two countries must soon hold the virus at bay to promote their strategic partnership more widely and more widely in the times to come, especially when they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Next year.
Phuc urged North Korea to continue expanding FDI projects, both in size and number, in Vietnam and to step up technology transfer to domestic companies while pledging to provide further support. Korean companies to do business in the Southeast Asian country.
He also had a meeting with Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin, in which the two leaders expressed their joy at the strong growth in bilateral trade, which reached $ 4.2 billion last year despite the impacts of COVID -19.
The Vietnamese president suggested that the two sides resume delegation exchanges and meetings at different levels and encourage cooperation in multiple fields to mark the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year as soon as the pandemic is brought under control.
He called on Prime Minister Martin to push for the swift ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in the Irish national parliament and to maintain the provision of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in the time to come.
He hoped Ireland would help Vietnam gain greater access to the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and provide it with medical supplies, such as ventilators and test kits.
Phuc also thanked Ireland for its support in the UN Security Council.
During his meeting with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, President Phuc offered to help Vietnam access vaccine supplies, including through the COVAX vaccine sharing facility.
The two leaders said they were happy to see the development of bilateral trade and the achievement of the objectives set in the Vietnam-Denmark action plan for 2019-2020. Both parties are actively developing an action plan for 2021-2022. .
Frederiksen endorsed Phuc’s proposal, saying it will encourage more Danish companies to invest in Vietnam in shipping, seaport construction, shipbuilding, energy equipment manufacturing, renewable energies, green technologies, sustainable livestock and fisheries, green transformation and climate. cash.
During his meeting with the Vietnamese President, Slovenian President Borut Pahour welcomed the positive development of relations between Slovenia and Vietnam and expressed his hope to elevate Vietnam’s position in the country’s foreign policy.
For his part, President Phuc suggested that the two countries hold early the third session of the Slovenian-Vietnamese Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Trade and Science-Technology Cooperation, possibly in virtual form if necessary, to discuss the orientations of the cooperation in potential areas such as machinery. mechanics, automation, logistics, agrifood and seaport.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the transfer of production technology of COVID-19 treatment drugs for Vietnam and negotiations on the mutual recognition of the vaccination certificate and COVID-19 passport, paving the way for their travel. citizens when international air routes resume. .
The Vietnamese president said that Vietnam pays special attention to close collaboration with the EU in the development of fisheries and the sustainable exploitation of seafood. He urged Slovenia, as the rotating president of the Council of the EU, to support and promote the abolition of the “yellow card” imposed on Vietnamese aquatic products.
Vietnam has a steadfast view of promoting responsible and sustainable exploitation of seafood in accordance with the regulations of international law, he said.
During his meeting with the President of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader, the Vietnamese head of state expressed his support for the intention of the Dominican Republic to open an embassy in Vietnam.
He instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with his counterpart in the Dominican Republic to implement the plan to foster bilateral relations in a practical manner.
On the same day, President Phuc also met with heads of state and senior officials from Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Latvia, Sweden, Guyana, Lesotho, Costa Rica, Colombia and Uruguay, during which they discussed practical steps to strengthen and develop relations.
Country leaders highly appreciated Vietnam’s performance as a non-member of the UNSC and the country’s effective and pragmatic commitment and contributions to global tasks, which they say demonstrate Vietnam’s high sense of responsibility and its growing role and position in the international arena.
President Phuc and country leaders reaffirmed that peace, stability, maritime security and freedom of navigation in the East Sea are of mutual interest, and stressed that disputes should be resolved through peaceful measures in accordance with international law.
Also in New York, President Phuc met with the President’s special envoy for climate, John Kerry.
Appreciating Kerry’s contributions to Vietnam-U.S. Relations over the past decades, President Phuc praised the initiatives of President Joe Biden’s administration to advance global efforts to respond to climate change.
The Vietnamese leader said the two countries should strengthen their cooperation in developing renewable energy, improving adaptation to climate change and managing cross-border water resources through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.
Vietnam is firmly committed to responding to climate change, he said.
Kerry said the United States continues to attach importance to the comprehensive partnership with Vietnam.
He underscored the determination and efforts of the United States to continue to strengthen cooperation and help developing countries, including Vietnam, to deal with this global problem.
Speaking to WB President David Malpass, President Phuc said that the projects funded by WB and its policy advice have significantly contributed to Vietnam’s economic development and social security and have helped the Vietnamese government to formulate policies. efficient macroeconomics, overcome the impacts of the global economic crisis and maintain positive growth.
He thanked the WB for providing $ 6.2 million in non-repayable aid to Vietnam last year, and supported allowing the country to delay the payment of certain loans granted by the International Development Association (IDA). of the WB to reserve resources for the purchase of vaccines, biological products and medical equipment in the face of the pandemic.
The Vietnamese head of state asked the WB to continue to give political advice on economic recovery and to help Vietnam access and purchase COVID-19 vaccines, receive vaccine production technology and manufacture vaccines in the country.
The president of the BM Group said he was impressed by the efforts of the Vietnamese government in the prevention and control of COVID-19, as well as by the economic recovery.
He also thanked the government for its close coordination with the WB, stating that the WB will continue to support Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19 and increase policy advice to help the country achieve the goal of becoming a country. developed and high income by 2045. /.