Hang made the remarks while responding to queries regarding the formation of a security partnership by Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., at the ministry’s regular press conference held online on September 23.

Spokesperson of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang

Vietnam always keeps a close watch on developments in the regional situation, she said.

Asked about Australia’s submarine project, Hang said the development and use of nuclear energy must serve peaceful purposes and socio-economic development in countries, while ensuring absolute safety for humans and the environment. 

Regarding the E.U.’s Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific announced on September 16, the spokesperson said Vietnam values the E.U.’s role and active contributions to peace, cooperation and development in the region.

On the basis of the Vietnam-E.U. partnership and comprehensive cooperation, Vietnam stands ready to coordinate with the E.U., implement cooperation frameworks of shared concern, promote ASEAN’s centrality, and boost the Asia-Europe partnership and the ASEAN-E.U. strategic partnership, contributing to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region, the spokesperson said.

Source: VNA