Cambodian leaders receive Vietnamese delegation

Speaking at the event, the Slovakian President extolled the traditional friendship between the two nations and asked the ambassador to convey his best regards to President Sang. Kiska spoke highly of Vietnam’s development accomplishments and expressed his delight that bilateral relations have been flourishing. Kiska requested Ambassador Nguyet to strictly cooperate with Slovakia’s relevant ministries and agencies, businesses and universities to further deepen the relations primarily in trade, investment, education, energy and tourism. The Vietnamese diplomat in turn extended an invitation from President Sang to visit Vietnam, which was accepted with pleasure by President Kiska. Ambassador Nguyet affirmed Vietnam has never forgotten the invaluable support from the Slovakian people during the struggle for independence and national construction and treasures the traditional friendship. The ambassador also thanked the Slovakian State and Government for facilitating activities of the Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) community in Slovakia which have played a prominent role in nurturing friendship and cooperation between the two nations. The ambassador also briefed Kiska on the recent economic developments in Vietnam and the status of affairs related to international integration.... [read more]

More than 1,000 Chinese delegates participate in activities in 7 cities and provinces focused on environmental protection, cultural identity conservation, socio-economic development, tourism development, and art exchanges. In each locality, Chinese delegates will pay a courtesy visit to local leaders, plant friendship trees, hold cultural and sports exchanges with local youths, and visit local scenic spots. After touring the cities and provinces, they will return to Hanoi to attend the Vietnam-China Youth Exchange Program, which will be attended by 5,000 young people and representatives of Vietnamese and Chinese leaders. The event is co-sponsored by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Communist Youth League of China to implement the common guideline of the two countries’ top leaders on enhancing people-to-people exchanges, especially among youths. The venue for the festival will be Vietnamese and Chinese localities on a rotation basis. The exchange program is part of activities to foster friendship and share the aspirations for peace, stability, development, and prosperity of Vietnam and China. Under the theme "Vietnamese and Chinese youths join hands to foster friendship", the festival is expected to strengthen the Vietnam-China traditional friendship. Thu Hoa Thu Hoa... [read more]

At the function, Truong Hoang, Chairman of the city’s Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association hailed the development of bilateral relationship over the past time, especially the upgrade of their ties to a strategic partnership in 2013. The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) hosted a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on December 9 celebrating the 88th anniversary of the birth of the Thai King and the National Day of Thailand (December 5). He said the association in coordination with the Thai Consulate General and Thai Business Association in the city has hosted a number of cultural exchanges, not to mention a line-up of activities slated for next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties. Thai Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Panpimon Suwannaponge, for her part, said the Thai community will continue working closely with the VUFO chapter in the city to nurture friendship between the two peoples. Two-way trade between Vietnam and Thailand has grown 10-13 percent annually and is expected to hit US$20 billion by 2020. Thailand has become the top trade partner of Vietnam among ASEAN member states. Thailand is currently the 10th largest investor in Vietnam with 374 projects.... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh said hosting the 2017 APEC Forum will be a priority in Vietnam’s external affairs between now and 2020. Minh, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the statement at a seminar in Hanoi on Wednesday with the theme "2017 APEC Year - towards a dynamic, self-reliant, and united community". He said Vietnam’s second hosting of the event is Vietnam’s most important contribution to the forum in its 20 years of official membership. The 2017 APEC Year is an opportunity for Vietnam to prove its determination to integrate fully into the world economy and join other ASEAN members in nurturing friendship, cooperation, and solidarity with partners. Deputy PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh. (Photo: Vietnam News Agency) Deputy Prime Minister Minh asked ministries, agencies, provinces, and businesses to revise their way of thinking and working and propose new initiatives. Vietnamese institutes and enterprises should catch up with modern trends and step up their search for new ideas for the 2017 APEC Year. Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son clarified the seminar’s meaning: "the seminar aims to indicate Vietnam’s foreign policy of diversification and multilateralization of external relations and active international integration, especially into APEC institutions. The event’s theme matches the region’s trend of increasing economic links. Vietnam’s integration into APEC will boost its contributions to the bloc, which we’ll help develop the Vietnamese economy. The 2017 APEC summit will help promote Vietnam as a dynamic nation with many achievements in…... [read more]

(VOVworld)- An exhibition themed "President Ho Chi Minh inspires creativity" opened in Hanoi on Monday. 79 works in different genres including paintings, music, and literature featuring President Ho Chi Minh are on display. President Ho Chi Minh’s 125th birth anniversary marked in Cambodia The 125th birthday of the late President (May 19) was celebrated at a ceremony held by the General Association of Vietnamese Cambodian People in Phnom Penh on Monday. The Vietnamese community in Cambodia pledged to follow Ho Chi Minh’s teachings while supporting each other in improving their living conditions and nurturing friendship and solidarity between Vietnam and Cambodia. Meanwhile, a day earlier on the other side of the world, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK paid floral tribute to the late President in front of New Zealand House, formerly the Carlton Hotel, where Ho Chi Minh worked as a chef when he was living in the country.... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand takes office Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Viet Dung presented his credentials to Governor-General of New Zealand Jerry Mateparae at a ceremony in the capital Wellington on September 17 to start his working term there. Governor-General Mateparae congratulated Dung on his new mission while showing his delight that the two countries are carrying out the second phase (2013-2016) of their action plan together with activities to herald the 40 th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2015. He said he would ask relevant local agencies to wholeheartedly support the Ambassador to successfully accomplish his working tenure. For his part, Dung passed onto the regards from President Truong Tan Sang and other leaders to his host and briefed him of the country's socio-economic and international integration accomplishments as well as its future development goals and strategies. He pledged to undertake maximum efforts to deepen extensively and intensively bilateral relations, especially in diplomacy, defence, security, trade-investment, education-training, culture-tourism, and agriculture in the coming time.- Lawyers join corruption fight Members of the Viet Nam Lawyers Association must contribute to the fight against corruption, President Truong Tan Sang said on Saturday at the Viet Nam Lawyers Association's national conference in Ha Noi. President Sang applauded the association's work during its 60 years of establishment and especially now as the country strives to implement further legal reforms to enhance socio-economic development. Sang also recognised the association's active voice in protecting national sovereignty, voicing its opinion timely and coordinating with lawyers' associations abroad…... [read more]

(VOV) - Ho Chi Minh City and Cuba are established partners on a variety of fronts and the city is eager and willing to expand cooperation, elevating their traditional friendship and mutual trust to even greater heights. The affirmation was made by Secretary of the HCM City municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai at a reception for visiting Vice President of the Council of State of Cuba Lazara Mercedes Lopez Acea on September 20. Hai drew special attention to the traditional ties between the two Parties, States and peoples, adding that Vietnam will forever be in debt to Cuba for its unwavering support during the past struggle for national independence. The Cuban delegation's visit to Vietnam aims to further promote bilateral cooperative ties Lazara said, and to learn of Vietnam's experiences in its national construction and socio-economic development process. Vietnam's experience, particularly about socio-economic development and Party building, is very useful for Cuba in devising and implementing a new economic growth model for the country. During their stay in HCM City, the Cuban delegation visited some cultural relic sites and economic zones.... [read more]

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a bilateral co-operation plan in 2015 between the Departments of Records Management and Archives of Vietnam and Laos was signed in Vientiane in Laos on August 18. Under the MoU, Vietnam's agency will increase staff training for its Lao counterpart. The two sides will continue submissions to governments and relevant agencies of the two countries for approval of a project on the national archives insurance centre in Luang Prabang province, Laos, funded by the Vietnamese Government. They will also step up co-operation in building and sharing a list of archived documents related to the history of Vietnam and Laos, in line with the two countries' laws, while continuing the exchange of professional skills through workshops and symposiums held in the two countries. Over the past time, effective co-operation between the two archival agencies has contributed to nurturing friendship between the two countries. The two sides have also increased bilateral and multilateral support as members of the International Council of Archives.... [read more]

Blossoming: Horyuji Temple in the Nara Prefecture, Japan. — Photo courtesy of Japan's Embassy in Ha Noi. The Year 2013, the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Year, is drawing to a close. Many events were held successfully, both in Viet Nam and Japan, throughout the year, giving us an opportunity to deepen our exchanges and know each other better. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to those who have co-operated and participated in making this commemorative year success as it has been. From my experience in various countries as a diplomat, I have learned one common lesson. Country-to-country relations are based on people-to-people relationships. Thus, deepening exchanges between people is essential for enhancing friendship between Japan and other countries. It is through people-to-people exchanges that we will get to know, be interested in, understand, and share different cultures. A bond cultivated in this process leads to country-to-country friendship and relations of trust. The Japan-Viet Nam relationship is no exception. People of both countries have nurtured friendships for a long time - even before the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973, as you can see in the story of friendship between Phan Boi Chau and Asaba Sakitaro a hundred years ago. Such exchanges in history have strengthened the Japan-Viet Nam relationship and developed it to the best one ever. Our task is to maintain and further advance this finely developed relationship. This cannot happen without the energy of and co-operation from young people. The future of Japan-Viet Nam relations can be…... [read more]

The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) +1 Sessions with ASEAN's Dialogue Partners were held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on June 30 - July 1, 2013, to review dialogue relations, including the progress of implementing their respective plan of actions and exchange views on regional and international issues. ASEAN's dialogue partners include Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. Following is the full text of the Chairman's Statement of the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 sessions with the dialogue partners: "1. The ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) +1 Sessions with ASEAN's Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America were held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on 30 June - 1 July 2013, to review dialogue relations, including the progress of implementing their respective plan of actions and exchange views on regional and international issues. 2. Recognising the long-standing relations between ASEAN and the Dialogue Partners, Ministers reaffirmed their strong commitments to work closely together to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity, and explore ways to further deepen cooperation in addressing various challenges of common concern, such as climate change, haze and environmental degradation, natural disasters, pandemic diseases, and transnational crimes, through institutional capacity-building, exchange of information and technologies including establishing as well as improving early warning systems, on the basis of equal…... [read more]