PM Pham Minh Chinh (right) and First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel

Talking to First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel, PM Pham Minh Chinh affirmed that the Party, State, Government, National Assembly, and people of Vietnam never forget Cuba’s wholehearted assistance for Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation, always treasure and stay determined to further intensify the traditional solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, and support the just revolutionary cause of the Cuban people.

He underlined Vietnam’s consistent stance of not supporting but demanding the unilateral sanctions against Cuba be removed.

The PM held that the two sides should maintain close cooperation to enhance trade and investment links and develop their economic ties on par with the sound political relations as directed and wished by the countries’ Party and State leaders.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel said the Cuba - Vietnam relations form a noble symbol of the comradeship and close-knit friendship, and thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for the precious support for Cuba to weather difficulties caused by the embargo and sanctions.

He pledged to direct Cuban ministries and sectors to work more closely with Vietnam to promote bilateral economic, investment, and trade ties, especially in agriculture to guarantee food security.

Both leaders also affirmed coordination to organize activities marking the 50 years since Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz visited the liberated zone in South Vietnam in September 1973, especially during the coming trip to Vietnam by President of the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power Esteban Lazo Hernandez.

Meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, PM Pham Minh Chinh stressed the great importance Vietnam attaches to the traditional friendship and cooperation with Romania, and thanked the European country for its vaccine support for Vietnam during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PM Pham Minh Chinh meets with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

To continue fostering bilateral ties, he called on both sides to increase meetings and mutual visits, especially at the high level, continue making trade and investment breakthroughs so that the relations live up to the countries’ potential and advantages. They also need to boost cooperation in labor and education - training, which are their traditional cooperation fields, and share experience in the sustainable management of the Mekong and Danube deltas.

President Iohannis applauded the development of the countries’ partnership, particularly in economy - trade.

He pledged that Romania will work to further promote all-round ties with Vietnam, especially in economy, trade, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges, so that bilateral relations match the development of the countries’ ties.

At the meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, PM Pham Minh Chinh highlighted Vietnam always treasures and hopes to reinforce the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Poland, a priority partner in Central and Eastern Europe. He also thanked the Polish Government and people for actively assisting Vietnam in the pandemic response.

PM Pham Minh Chinh has a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

He suggested both countries step up all-level delegation exchanges via all channels to enhance mutual political trust and understanding and expand cooperation in all fields. He called on the Polish Government to continue creating optimal conditions for the Vietnamese community in Poland to live, work, and integrate well into the local society.

President Duda highly valued Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic recovery and development after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Polish leader expressed his special attention to fostering economic ties and perceived that there remains much cooperation potential in education - training, information technology, health care, pharmaceutical, and agriculture. He also asked for the Vietnamese Government’s support for Polish businesses to invest in the Southeast Asian nation.

Also on September 20, PM Pham Minh Chinh told Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar during their meeting that Vietnam always attaches importance to and wishes to strengthen the traditional friendship with Slovenia, one of its priority partners in Europe.

At the meeting between PM Pham Minh Chinh and Slovenian President Natasa Pirc Musar

He asked the countries to boost mutual visits at all levels, especially in 2024 when they celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and effectively implement the E.U. - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). The PM also called on the Slovenian Parliament and Government to soon complete the ratification of the E.U. - Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and raise their voice so that the European Commission (E.C.) will lift the “yellow card” warning over illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing for Vietnam’s fisheries sector.

Noting PM Pham Minh Chinh’s opinions, President Musar said Slovenia always views Vietnam as one of its priority partners in Southeast Asia, and that it will bolster multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam.

She also asked both sides to enhance cooperation in some potential areas such as labor, science - technology, natural resource protection, pharmaceutical, and environmental protection.

At the meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, PM Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam always attaches importance to the traditional friendship and sound cooperation with Finland.

PM Pham Minh Chinh and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto

To further boost bilateral ties, he recommended the countries increase all-level delegation exchanges to develop their relations in a more substantive and effective manner, while continuing to foster trade and investment ties to create momentum for bilateral relations to grow strongly. He also highlighted Vietnam’s hope to boost exporting farm produce, leather - footwear, textile - garment, and other products to Finland.

The PM appealed to the Finnish Parliament and Government to soon finalize the EVIPA ratification to facilitate equal and mutually beneficial investment ties. He also asked Finland to support the E.C.’s removal of the “yellow card” warning for Vietnam’s fisheries sector.

Hailing the development of bilateral cooperation, especially since the EVFTA took effect, President Niinisto expressed his hope that their countries will not only promote bilateral cooperation but also serve as bridges linking Finland with ASEAN, Vietnam with the E.U., and between ASEAN and the E.U.

At the meetings, PM Pham Minh Chinh and the European leaders affirmed that their countries will keep strengthen cooperation and mutual support at multilateral forums, including the United Nations, and step up coordination within ASEAN and E.U. cooperation mechanisms.

Talking to his Thai counterpart Srettha Thavisin also on September 20, PM Pham Minh Chinh noted that Thailand is an important and trustworthy partner of Vietnam in the region, expressing his delight at the progress of bilateral ties amid the 10th anniversary of the countries’ strategic partnership.

PM Pham Minh Chinh talks to his Thai counterpart Srettha Thavisin.

To keep fostering the Vietnam - Thailand cooperation, he pointed out four focuses that should be promoted, namely effectively carrying out the action plan for implementing the enhanced strategic partnership for the 2022 - 2027 period; further opening their markets and providing more favorable conditions for both sides’ businesses so as to achieve the trade target of 25 billion USD in a balanced and mutually beneficial manner; enhancing cooperation in education - training, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges; and maintaining close coordination at multilateral mechanisms, especially ASEAN.

PM Thavisin agreed on his counterpart’s opinions, adding that Thailand wishes to join Vietnam in bolstering collaboration in trade, investment, tourism, infrastructure connectivity, and locality-to-locality ties.

He also suggested Vietnam consider opening more direct air routes to Thailand.

Both leaders agreed that their countries will jointly implement the cooperation focuses to boost the effective and substantive development of their strategic partnership.

Source: VNA