The President of the Republic, Vo Van Thuong, has just made an official visit to Austria from July 23 to 25, a state visit to Italy and a visit to the Vatican from July 25 to 29.
In a press interview, Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Son said it was the first visit to Austria by a Vietnamese president in 15 years and the first level delegation exchange of Head of State with Italy and the Vatican over the past seven years.
According to the head of Vietnamese diplomacy, the Vietnamese leader’s visits have helped create new momentum to promote cooperation between Vietnam with Austria and Italy in all fields.
A leading partner
The leaders of Austria and Italy all said that they regard Vietnam as a leading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and want Vietnam acts as a bridge to promote relations between the European Union (EU) and ASEAN, the minister said.
Vietnam and Austria have largely agreed on steps to continue to effectively implement their agreements. They also agreed to work together to effectively implement the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). They also pledged to continue to coordinate closely and support each other in regional and international forums, promote tourism cooperation, people-to-people exchanges and enhance mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Austrians, he said. He specifies.
Vietnam and Italy issued a joint statement on strengthening their strategic partnership, outlining key directions and specific measures to deepen and strengthen their cooperation. The two parties agreed to coordinate in regional and international forums, to solve global problems such as climate change, energy and food security… In particular, the Italian Parliament ratified the investment protection agreement Vietnam – EU (EVIPA) just at the time of the visit of the Vietnamese president.
During his visit to the Vatican, President Vo Van Thuong had an interview with Pope Francis. He also met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The two parties announced the approval of an agreement on the status of the Pontifical Resident Representative of the Holy See and his office in Vietnam. This is the result of an active exchange process in the spirit of mutual respect, cooperation and mutual understanding, said Minister Bùi Thanh Son.
During his stay in Europe, President Vo Van Thuong met with representatives of Vietnamese communities in Austria, Italy and Europe. He encouraged them to promote solidarity, to contribute to the development of relations between Vietnam and these countries, added the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The official visit to Austria, the state visit to Italy and President Vo Van Thuong’s visit to the Vatican have achieved very good results, creating important momentum to promote and deepen bilateral relations in an effective, stable and lasting manner. concluded the head of Vietnamese diplomacy.
This article is originally published on lecourrier.vn