Vietnam, Belgium agree to step up multi-faceted cooperation

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Vietnam, Belgium agree to step up multi-faceted cooperation
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NDO/VNA - Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son held a political consultation with Secretary General of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs of Belgium Dirk Achten, in Hanoi, on November 22.

The two sides expressed their delight at the active, diverse and pragmatic developments of the diplomatic ties, friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Belgium over recent times, which is spread across various sectors and different levels.

They agreed to increase the exchange of delegations, especially those at a high level, as well as to enhance their mutual support and cooperation at multilateral forums and international organisations, such as the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the cooperation forum between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU, and the International Francophone Organisation (OIF).

The Belgian side affirmed its support for the signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement in 2018, stating that the early implementation of the deal would bring tangible benefits to the EU and its member countries.

In terms of economic collaboration, they consented to boost their trade ties and create conditions for businesses of the two countries to work together in such priority areas as marine transportation, logistics, green technology, agriculture, renewable energy and healthcare.

They will maintain meetings of the joint committee on economic cooperation in order to direct the economic links and improve the efficiency of coordination between the two countries’ cooperation mechanisms, as well as regional and community collaboration.

Furthermore, the two sides will also step up their partnerships in culture and education, towards training high-quality human resources.

Regarding cooperation and security in the Asia-Pacific region, they stressed the importance of peace, stability, security, aviation and navigation freedom and safety in the East Sea, and the peaceful settlement of disputes without the use of force or the threat to use force, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) and on the basis of respect for legal and diplomatic processes.

They will partner with each other to organise cultural and economic activities marking the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (1973-2018) in each country.

During his stay in Vietnam, Dirk Achten co-chaired the fourth meeting of the Vietnam-Belgium joint committee on economic cooperation, visited Vietnam’s peace-keeping centre and the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and attended a workshop on the 40-year agricultural cooperation between Vietnam and Belgium.