Prime Minister meets foreign leaders on 43rd ASEAN Summit sidelines
VGP - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had meetings with the Singaporean PM, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Philippine and Bangladeshi Presidents on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 7.
During his meeting with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister Pham reiterated that Viet Nam will work together with other countries to boost multilateral cooperation and international solidarity, making contributions to peace, security and development in the region and the world.
The three leaders held that the global economy is facing a number of difficulties, including complex development in the strategic competition between major powers, issues related to ethnicity, religion, and populism that are causing challenges to the maintenance of peace, stability and development.
At the meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr, the two leaders underlined the importance of Viet Nam-Philippines strategic partnership to the regional peace, stability, cooperation and development.
They vowed to work together and enhance mutual support when addressing international and regional issues of mutual concerns.
It is necessary to further promote the connectivity and complementarity of the two economies with a focus on promoting cooperation in potential areas such as agriculture, aquaculture, oil and gas and considering to expand collaboration in new sectors such as digital economy, circular economy, green economy, and innovation, they noted.
Both sides voiced their support for stronger ties in human resource training and labor as well as signing an intergovernmental agreement on rice trade cooperation to ensure food security goals amidst complicated development in the global food supply chains.
They discussed measures to enhance close coordination in sea-related issues. The Philippine President asserted to advocate Viet Nam's efforts in removing the "yellow card" on its seafoods exported to the EU.
During the meeting with Bangladeshi President Mohammed Shahabuddin, the two leaders vowed to increase all-level delegation exchanges and people-to-people links, firstly the upcoming visit of Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue to Bangladesh.
They shared experience in promoting socio-economic development, and attracting foreign investment.
Both leaders emphasized the need to foster connectivity between their enterprises, soon launch a direct air route, facilitate visa granting for stepping up people-to-people links and tourism.
They consented to bolster collaboration in agriculture, aquaculture, transport, education-training, disaster management and climate change adaption.
The two leaders pledged to step up collaboration and mutual support at international and regional forums, especially at the UN, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Bangladeshi President hailed the bilateral trade value, which increased by four times over the recent decade, calling on more Vietnamese businesses to invest in the country.
He pledged to facilitate import of Viet Nam's advantageous products and closely work with the Southeast Asian nation to effectively implement the Memorandum of Understanding on rice trade in the 2022-2027 period./.