UK continues to prioritize Vietnam for access to vaccines

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Deputy Foreign Minister T Anh Dung (right) and British Foreign Minister for Asia Nigel Adams.

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Appreciating the further development of the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership, Deputy Minister Ti Aan Dung called on the UK to continue to prioritize Vietnam for access to vaccines and the medical equipment it provides to help.

According to Nigel Adams, Vietnam is one of the UK’s major partners in this area. He expressed his desire to strengthen integral cooperation with Vietnam in politics, economy, security and defence, etc. In the context where the United Kingdom turns its attention to the Indo-Pacific region.

On the occasion, the two sides agreed to strengthen important cooperation mechanisms, including the Strategic Dialogue between Vietnam and the United Kingdom, as well as the exchange of high-ranking delegations at the Deputy Ministerial level for Foreign Affairs.

With regard to economic cooperation, they stressed the need to work together to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Vietnam-UK Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), to create a breakthrough in such areas. Digital Economy, Smart Urban cities, banking sector, development of renewable energy, etc.

The two sides were unanimous in continuing to work together in multilateral fora, particularly the UN Security Council, the Asia-Europe Dialogue (ASEM).

The British Foreign Minister wished that Vietnam would continue to support the United Kingdom in its efforts to become an ASEAN negotiating partner and in negotiations to accept the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

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Both sides discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest. They underlined the importance of guaranteeing freedom of maritime and air navigation, security and peace in the East Sea, as well as respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

T Anh Dung said that Vietnam was ready to cooperate to ensure the success of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC – COP 26) to be held in the United Kingdom next November.

On the same day, British Secretary of State for Defense Robert Ben Loban Wallace visited the Vietnam Diplomatic Academy.

During a meeting with Vietnamese scholars and students of the Vietnamese Political Academy, Robert Ben Loban Wallace stressed that the UK seeks to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN countries to encourage dialogue, peace and general stability.

Commending Vietnam’s rapidly growing role in the region and the world, as well as its contribution to UN peacekeeping activities, Robert Ben Loban Wallace noted that the two countries have established a commitment to commercial freedom and international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS. Share your thoughts on the importance of He will continue to work with Vietnam to promote cooperation within the framework of the Strategic Partnership.

On this occasion, the British Secretary of State for Defence, Robert Ben Loban Wallace, and the British Secretary of Foreign Affairs for Asia, Nigel Adams, exchanged with Vietnamese scholars on the regional situation, role and the UK’s contribution to the region. Discussed guidelines for promoting the UK-Vietnam strategic partnership.

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