Vietnamese PM, Brazilian President discuss measures for augmenting ties
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held talks in Brasilia on September 25 (Brazil time) as part of the Vietnamese leader’s official visit to the South American country.
Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva meet in Brasilia on September 25.__Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva held talks in Brasilia on September 25 (Brazil time) as part of the Vietnamese leader’s official visit to the South American country.

Welcoming PM Chinh and the high-ranking delegation of Vietnam, the Brazilian President expressed his belief that the visit will help develop the two countries’ traditional friendship and sound cooperation to a new height, thus actively contributing to peace, stability, and development in the two regions and the world.

PM Chinh voiced his delight at the growing Vietnam - Brazil relations and stressed that Vietnam attaches importance to the ties with Brazil, one of its leading partners in Latin America.

The two leaders noted with satisfaction that bilateral relations have been flourishing and becoming increasingly effective and substantive, especially in politics - diplomacy, parliament, economy, trade, defense - security, agriculture, science - technology, culture, education, and people-to-people exchanges.

Frequent high-level meetings and mutual visits have been maintained. Besides, bilateral trade has increased steadily to approximate USD 6.8 billion in 2022 and USD 3.3 billion in the first half of 2023, demonstrating Brazil as the top and a highly potential trading partner of Vietnam in Latin America, they said.

Both sides agreed to keep increasing mutual visits and meetings at all levels between the countries’ Parties, States, Governments, and parliaments; coordinate to organize activities marking the 35th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2024; effectively implement the existing political consultation and economic - trade cooperation mechanisms, and hold the third meeting of the Joint Committee for Economic - Trade Cooperation soon; and strive to raise bilateral trade to 10 billion USD by 2025 and 15 billion USD by 2030.

They also agreed to continue promoting the start of negotiations on a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), of which Brazil is a member. They held that once signed and taking effect, this agreement will create momentum for business, trade, and investment partnerships, thus generating substantive results for enterprises and people of Vietnam and MERCOSUR member countries while enhancing inter-regional economic connections.

The talks between PM Pham Minh Chinh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brasilia on September 25.__Photo: VNA

PM Chinh asked Brazil to provide conditions for increasing the import of Vietnamese goods to help balance bilateral trade.

PM Chinh and President Lula da Silva concurred that their countries will step up discussion to soon reach consensus on Brazil’s recognition of Vietnam’s market economy status. They also agreed to promote the signing of a double taxation avoidance agreement.

They agreed to enhance cooperation in defense - security by boosting the negotiation, signing, and effective implementation of related cooperation deals. The countries will also coordinate with each other within multilateral mechanisms and activities that both take part in.

The leaders were unanimous in fostering ties in new areas of common interest. They highly valued the important documents relevant to diplomacy, education - training, defense, and agriculture signed during this visit. They agreed to augment collaboration in trans-national crime combat, sports (including football), innovation, digital transformation, green development, renewable energy, climate change fight, bio-fuel, conservation of tropical forest ecosystems and biodiversity, and protection of the Mekong and Amazon river ecosystems.

Talking about regional and multilateral cooperation, both host and guest spoke highly of their countries’ coordination, cooperation, and mutual support at international organizations and multilateral forums such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, the South - South Cooperation, and the Forum for East Asia - Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).

The Vietnamese side showed support for and congratulated Brazil on becoming a sectoral dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). PM Chinh affirmed that Vietnam is ready to assist Brazil to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN and bring the ASEAN - MERCOSUR relations on par with the cooperation potential and strengths of each side.

The two leaders shared the view that the parties concerned need to resolve international differences and disputes by peaceful means, not use or threaten to use force, and respect international law and the UN Charter.

The Brazilian side voiced support for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the East Sea on the basis of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the guaranteeing of security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters.

PM Pham Minh Chinh and Brazilian President Lula da Silva at the joint press conference following their talks in Brasilia on September 25.__Photo: VNA

On this occasion, President Lula da Silva invited Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Vo Van Thuong, and Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue to visit Brazil.

PM Chinh also conveyed General Secretary Trong and President Thuong’s invitations to re-visit Vietnam to President Lula da Silva, who accepted the invitations with pleasure and affirmed that he will pay a visit to the Southeast Asian country at an early date.

Concluding the talks, the Vietnamese and Brazilian leaders adopted a joint communiqué and witnessed the signing of some cooperation documents between their countries.

After that, they joined a press conference to inform about the talks’ outcomes.

PM Chinh’s trip is the fifth visit to Brazil by a Vietnamese leader since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1989, and also the first in 16 years.-(VNA/VLLF)

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