Deputy FM busy with bilateral meetings at Francophonie Summit

Friday, 2018-10-12 11:11:13
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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) meets with Foreign Minister of Mali Camara Kamissa on the sidelines of the ongoing 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia, on October 11. (Photo: VTV)
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NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on October 11 met with several other attendees on the sidelines of the ongoing 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia.

Minh had a meeting with Foreign Minister of Mali Camara Kamissa, where the two agreed to increase exchanges of high-level visits to boost the two countries’ relations. He asked Mali to provide Vietnamese goods with broader market access and step up bilateral ties in telecommunications and agriculture, areas where Vietnam has successfully invested in African nations.

Kamissa noted his proposal, saying Mali pursues a foreign policy of diversifying relations, particularly with countries from Asia Pacific.

The Vietnamese Deputy PM later met with Andorra FM Maria Ubach Font to discuss ways to deepen mutual understanding between the two nations. They agreed to bolster exchanges of visits and enhance people-to-people exchange and tourism. Font added that Andorra stands ready to share experience with Vietnam in developing tourism and services.

In a meeting with Lebanese Minister of Tourism Avedis Guidania, Minh lauded the relations between Vietnam and Lebanon in recent years. He said there is plenty of room for the two sides to expand cooperation and suggested Lebanon help Vietnam send guest workers to the country.

The two officials later agreed to foster bilateral ties with a focus on trade, import-export, tourism and investment. They will encourage enterprises from each side to invest in the other and support each other at multilateral forums.

Minh also had a meeting with Haiti FM Bocchit Edmond, during which the two sides expressed delight at the development of bilateral relations in economics, trade and investment. Edmond affirmed Haiti attaches importance to ties with Vietnam and highly appreciated Viettel’s work in Haiti and what the Vietnamese telecom provider has contributed to the local society. He added that Haiti hopes to welcome more Vietnamese firms.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) meets with Director General of the UNESCO Audrey Azoulay. (Photo: VTV)

Speaking with Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Audrey Azoulay, Minh hailed the cooperation and assistance UNESCO has provided to Vietnam in recent years and expected that Azoulay will continue supporting Vietnam.

Minh took the occasion of the meetings to propose these countries support Vietnam’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020 – 2021 tenure, the only candidate from Asia-Pacific.