Prime Minister busy on sidelines of COP28
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had meetings with leaders from Indonesia, Hungary, Mongolia, Zambia and Finland in Dubai, the UAE, on December 1 on the occasion of his attendance at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28).
At the meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Pham hailed the development in Viet Nam-Indonesia strategic partnership, congratulating Indonesia on successfully assuming the ASEAN Chairmanship 2023.
Both leaders vowed to foster strong ties within ASEAN and at international forums, including issues related to climate change response and energy transition.
During his meeting with Hungarian President Katalin Novak, Pham highly appraised the traditional relations between the two nations across all sectors over the last 70 years.
Pham suggested Hungary urge other EU members to soon ratify the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and call on the European Commission (EC) to early remove the "yellow card" against Vietnamese seafood.
The Vietnamese leader asked Hungary to actively advocate the principled stance of ASEAN and Viet Nam on the East Sea issue.
For her part, Katalin Novak underlined that Hungary highly evaluates the role and status of Viet Nam, adding that Hungary commits to providing more scholarships for Vietnamese students.
Both sides pledged to actively enhance delegation exchanges, boost local-to-local exchanges and people-to-people linkages, contributing to strengthening the bilateral ties more intensively and substantively to play a bridging role in fostering collaboration between ASEAN and the EU.
In their meeting, the Vietnamese Prime Minister and Mongolian President Ukhnaaglin Khurelsukh agreed to jointly implement agreements and foster collaboration, particularly in transport, aviation and trade.
At the meeting with Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema, Pham reiterated that Viet Nam attaches importance to the friendship with Zambia, expecting that the two countries will foster multi-faceted relations.
Zambian President congratulated Viet Nam's socio-economic development achievements, stating that both sides should step up cooperation, including tripartite cooperation on agriculture.
He hoped that Viet Nam will share experiences with Zambia in such areas as development, administrative reform and public service.
They vowed to accelerate close coordination at multi-lateral forums, including South-South cooperation, promote fairness, and justice, and ensure the interests of developing countries.
During his meeting with President of Finland Sauli Niniisto, Pham underscored that Viet Nam attaches importance to the multi-faceted relations with Finland, a crucial partner of Viet Nam in the Northern Europe.
Sauli Niniisto said, Finland considers Viet Na a potential partner in the Southeast Asia, expecting both sides to continue enhancing collaboration, particularly in fields of green conversion, renewable energy and climate change adaption.
Both leaders emphasized the need to foster trade and investment ties and take full advantages brought by the EU-Viet Nam-Free Trade Agreement to raise the bilateral trade value in the time ahead./.