PM meets country leaders on sidelines of G20 Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and RoK President Moon Jae-in (Source: VNA) 


Hamburg (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met
country leaders and senior officials on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in
Hamburg on July 8.

Meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the PM asked
Indonesia to deal with fishery issues in humanitarian spirit and in line with
bilateral strategic partnership. He suggested accelerating the conclusion of
negotiations on demarcation of exclusive economic zones between the two
countries.

Widodo, for his part, expressed his support to Vietnam’s
successful hosting of APEC Year 2017 and agreed with the Vietnamese PM’s
suggestions.

In another meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra
Modi, the Vietnamese PM urged India to gradually clear trade barriers towards
lifting two-way trade to 15 billion USD by 2020.

The Vietnamese government is ready to offer all possible
support for Indian firms to do business in Vietnam, he said, adding that
Vietnam backs “Act East” policy of India and will continue further
strengthening ASEAN-India strategic partnership.

Modi vowed to increase the exchange of visits at all levels
on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the 10th
anniversary of strategic partnership. He spoke highly of Vietnam’s coordinating
role in ASEAN-India ties and described Vietnam as an important pillar in
India’s “Act East” policy.

Talking with President of the European Council Donald Tusk
and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, the government
leader asked the European Union to soon complete legal review, sign the
Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and provide technical support for
Vietnam to effectively realise the deal.

He expressed his wish that the EU would continue with
specific projects to help Vietnam deliver commitments in the 2015 Paris
Agreement on Climate Change.

The EU leaders highly valued Vietnam’s role in Southeast
Asia and ASEAN and agreed to speed up legal review for the EVFTA signing.

On the East Sea issue, leaders from Indonesia, India and the
EU agreed with Vietnam’s stance on the importance of maintaining peace,
stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea,
settling disputes by peaceful means in line with international law and the 1982
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

At a meeting with Director General of the World Health
Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the PM wished for further
bilateral cooperation in order to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The WHO Director General lauded Vietnam as one of the
successful examples in health care.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader also met Chinese
President, US President, and his counterparts from Australia, the Republic of
Korea, Canada, among others.

In his speech to the G20 Summit session on July 8, PM Phuc
hailed the event for discussing employment and women’s empowerment amid the
fourth industrial revolution.

He urged G20 to build a new global framework on further
liberalisation of cyber infrastructure development, information technology and
digital application, as well as open a global forum on start-ups to share
information and experience.

The PM also informed that Vietnam will also hold the APEC
High-Level Policy Dialogue on women and economy in September 2017 to facilitate
Vietnamese women’s access to business opportunities and contribute to digital
economy.

During the visit to Germany from July 5-8, the PM held talks
with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, met German President Frank-Walter
Steinmeier, President of the German Federal Council and Minister-President of
Rheinland-Pfalz state Malu Dreyer.

He also met several federal and local leaders and co-chaired
the Vietnam-Germany Business Forum.

As a speaker of the G20 Summit discussion on sustainable
development, climate change, and energy, Phuc said Vietnam has pushed forward the
2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)’s agenda for sustainable
development, climate change response and efficient energy use.

In the afternoon the same day (local time), the PM and his
entourage left Hamburg, concluding the Germany visit, and flying to the
Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.-VNA



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