Vietnam further encourages multifaceted cooperation with African countries | Politics

Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always attaches great importance to strengthening traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with African countries, said a Vietnamese official.

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu made the statement during his virtual meeting on August 24 and 25 with the ambassadors and charge d’affaires of African countries in Vietnam.

At the event, the largest of its kind since 2019, with the participation of 43 ambassadors and charge d’affaires of African countries in Vietnam, Hieu briefed them on Vietnam’s policy on foreign relations and economic development after the 13th National Party Congress as well as its broad guidelines for cooperation with African countries and measures to promote cooperation between the two parties.

According to the Vietnamese official, despite the many difficulties caused by COVID-19, relations between Vietnam and African countries have still made many encouraging achievements. The two sides have maintained their political-diplomatic cooperation well through online meetings and telephone interviews at all levels. They also recorded encouraging trade growth in 2020 and the first half of 2021. Cooperation in the fields of agriculture, energy and telecommunications continued to experience positive changes.

The Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of African countries affirmed the importance of good traditional relations between Vietnam and Africa, and expressed their wish to further promote collaboration in areas of mutual interest.

They said they were impressed by Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development and appreciated Vietnam’s role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2020-2021 as well as its contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability in Africa.

Hieu and African diplomats praised the active cooperation between Vietnam and African countries in multilateral forums, especially the UNUnited Nations, hoping that the two sides would continue to support each other, as well as strengthen information sharing and consultations on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

In order to further improve the effectiveness of cooperation, they considered it necessary to increase exchanges of delegations at all levels when the pandemic is under control. In the near future, the two sides are to increase online exchanges and strengthen cooperation in priority areas such as trade, investment, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, health care, education , cultural and interpersonal exchanges.

They should ensure that collaboration is broadened to potential areas such as tourism, banking, aviation and the digital economy, while fostering linkages within the framework of South-South cooperation, especially in agriculture and COVID-19[female[feminine fight.

There is a need to review and speed up negotiations for the signing of agreements in order to create a legal framework conducive to cooperation, they said./.

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