President Vo Van Thuong (right) and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet

The President also lauded Bachelet, in her capacity as U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, for her contribution to U.N. affairs and the international community.

According to him, the maintenance of all-level delegations is significant to enhancing cooperation between Vietnam and Chile as well as their people.

For her part, Bachelet, who is in Vietnam for the celebration of the 52nd anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (March 25, 1971 - 2023), said during her stay in the Southeast Asian nation, she will visit the Southern province of Binh Duong and the Central province of Nghe An to foster cooperation between localities of the two countries and people-to-people exchange activities.

The guest expressed her special sentiments for Vietnamese land and people, and her admiration for the Vietnamese people’s indomitable and resilient spirit during their past struggle for national independence.

Both Vietnam and Chile are members of the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which would facilitate the enhancement of the bilateral ties in the time ahead, both bilaterally and multilaterally, and enable them to join hands to fulfill common goals of the international community, for peace and development, especially climate change response, she noted.

At the meeting

President Vo Van Thuong affirmed that Bachelet’s visit will contribute to consolidating cooperation between peoples and especially localities of the countries.

He highlighted the close ties between Vietnam and Chile despite their far geographical distance, during both Vietnam’s past struggle for national independence and its present cause of national construction and development.

He suggested the two countries take more measures to forge economic cooperation, for the sake of their businesses and people, step up collaboration at multilateral forums, and further coordinate in organizing exchanges between localities and citizens.

Source: VNA