Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung: Viet Nam-EU relations to grow further in coming years

Update: 11:20 | 13/01/2021
With the rapid development over the past 30 years, cooperation between Viet Nam and the EU is expected to grow further in 2021 and the years to come, Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung said.
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Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung: Viet Nam-EU relations to grow further in coming years
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung. (Photo: Tuan Anh)

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung highlighted comprehensive developments of the Viet Nam-EU relationship and considered prospects for the ties in a recent article published on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (November 28).

Over the past three decades, the diplomatic ties have made rapid, outstanding strides, expanding from cooperation in certain areas to a comprehensive partnership, he said, noting this has affirmed the trust-worthy and friendly spirit and shared long-term vision of the two sides in efforts to elevate the bilateral relations and contribute to peace, cooperation and development regionally and globally.

The Deputy FM attributed the achievement to the dynamic shift from traditional fields to other potential realms.

The EU is one of Viet Nam’s leading and strategic partners, which holds an important role in the international arena in terms of security and peace, as well as economy and development, Dung affirmed.

Meanwhile, Viet Nam is a strong partner of the EU in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Asia-Pacific.

The two sides’ efforts to promote their bilateral ties can be seen in the regular exchange of high-ranking delegations and their close coordination in various fields, he added.

The two sides also supported each other in the COVID-19 pandemic fight, and the EU has provided aid for Viet Nam’s central provinces affected by natural disasters last October, the official went on.

Deputy Foreign Minister To Anh Dung: Viet Nam-EU relations to grow further in coming years
The signing and ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), effective since last August, is a milestone in the bilateral ties.

In the article, Dung highlighted the signing and ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), effective since last August, as a milestone in the bilateral ties.

Currently, the EU is Viet Nam’s fifth-largest trade partner, third-biggest importer, a major investor and leading non-refundable aid provider.

Along with economic and trade collaboration – the main pillar of the partnership – many other cooperative areas have also made progress over the past time, notably the signing of the EU-Viet Nam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (FPA), and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VGA/FLEGT).

Viet Nam and other ASEAN member countries wish that the EU will play a more active and constructive role in the region, for peace and prosperity, promoting multilateralism, free trade and the rule of law, he said.

As ASEAN Chair 2020, Viet Nam has raised its voice and made marked contributions, according to the official.

The country has also successfully performed its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure, and the Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

For its part, the EU has stepped up its close and comprehensive cooperation with ASEAN and its member countries, including Viet Nam, and has clearly and strongly affirmed its stance on issues relating to navigation security, legal order, peace and stability in the East Sea, Dung said.

During the 30 years of cooperation and development, the relationship between Viet Nam and the EU has made long-term strides on the basis of strategic, in-depth strategic visions, towards a higher level, he stressed.

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(Source: VNA)