|President Vo Van Thuong holds talks with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen__Photo: VNA|
President Vo Van Thuong’s official visit to Austria from July 23-25, and State visit to Italy and visit to the Vatican from July 25-29 have been successful in all aspects, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son told the press.
Taking place in the context of rapid, complicated developments of the regional and international situation, the visits vividly demonstrate the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, and diversification and multilateralization of relations adopted at the 13th National Party Congress, as well as Vietnam’s consistent policy of treasuring the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Austria, the strategic partnership with Italy, and the relations with the Vatican, he continued.
Son stressed that the visits have contributed to creating new momentum for the bilateral ties with Austria and Italy in all fields, from politics-diplomacy to trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, science-technology, national defense and security, and culture.
He described the visits as very important highlights in the context of Vietnam and Austria turning a new page in their relationship with the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties last year, and Vietnam and Italy celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership this year.
Regarding specific outcomes of the visits, the minister said the President and his entourage engaged in about 50 activities in various fields, which have been covered widely by both local and international media.
Austrian and Italian leaders regarded Vietnam as a leading important partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and noted their wish that Vietnam will work as a bridge between the European Union (EU) and the ten-member grouping.
With Austria, Vietnam affirmed a resolve to constantly cultivate and promote the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation in general, and the high political trust between high-ranking leaders of the two countries in particular.
The two sides agreed on measures to continue implementing bilateral agreements, especially those on innovation, energy transition and culture, and to coordinate in materializing the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
The Austrian side said it will soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and urge the EU to soon remove the “yellow” card warning on Vietnamese seafood.
Austria also pledged to continue its close coordination with Vietnam and mutual support at regional and international forums, promote the image of land and people of the two countries, and enhance tourism cooperation, people-to-people exchange and mutual understanding.
|At the farewell ceremony held for President Vo Van Thuong at Fiumicino international airport in Italy__Photo: VNA|
Meanwhile, Italian leaders agreed to increase high-ranking delegation exchanges via Party, State, Government and National Assembly channels, the FM said, stressing that the two sides issued a joint statement on strengthening the bilateral strategic partnership, and set forth major orientations and specific measures to advance their relations in a more intensive and effective fashion, particularly in politics, economy-trade, national defense and security, education-training, science-technology, culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange.
The two sides concurred to work together at regional and international forums and in addressing global issues like climate change, energy security and food, especially in the context of both nations joining the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP).
Notably, Son said, the Italian Parliament ratified the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) at the same time with President Thuong’s visit, which is expected to help boost cooperation in such potential areas as digital economy, high-tech, green development and smart agriculture.
In the Vatican, it is noteworthy that the two sides concluded the “Agreement on the Status of the Resident Papal Representative and the Office of the Resident Papal Representative in Vietnam”, marking a significant development step in their relations, the official said.
|President Vo Van Thuong meets with Pope Francis__Photo: VNA|
Both Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their impressions of the positive, diverse development of the belief and religious life in Vietnam, including Catholicism, and shared the view that the Vietnam Catholic Church should better fulfill the vocation of “accompanying the nation” and to be “good Catholics and good citizens,” and that Catholic dignitaries and followers in the country should make more contributions to the development of the nation and the church, Son added.- (VNA/VLLF)