Europe tour by NA Chairman enjoys greater-than-expected success: Deputy FM To Anh Dung

Update: 10:48 | 15/09/2021
The working trip to Europe from September 5 to 11 by Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue secured success beyond expectation, contributing to the enhancement of multilateral diplomacy and Viet Nam’s relations with the countries he visited, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung said.
Europe tour by NA Chairman enjoys greater-than-expected success: Deputy FM To Anh Dung
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (back row, third from left) and officials witness the Belgian Government's symbolic presentation of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Viet Nam on September 9. (Photo: VNA)

The top legislator of Viet Nam and his entourage attended the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5) in Austria, paid working visits to the European Parliament and Belgium, and made an official visit to Finland.

Highlighting the tour’s achievements, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung said Chairman Hue directly took part in the WCSP5, delivered an important speech at its plenary session, and gave remarks on some specific issues. He also engaged in tens of bilateral meetings with parliamentary leaders from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa on this occasion.

World parliamentary leaders highly valued the Vietnamese NA’s activeness, proactiveness, and high sense of responsibility in helping promote multilateral parliamentary diplomacy, Dung said.

He noted that the trip continued demonstrating the smooth coordination between parliamentary diplomacy and State diplomacy and sent the world the image of an open, proactive, and active Viet Nam that is a responsible member of the international community and ready to cooperate and share the experience with others to surmount COVID-19 together and boost post-pandemic development.

During the tour, Chairman Hue directly took part in several trade and investment promotion events, chaired business forums in the countries he set foot in and met and listened to the opinions of hundreds of representatives from large European and global enterprises.

He also witnessed the signing of tens of business contracts and memoranda of understanding on cooperation worth billions of USD between Viet Nam and foreign partners, according to Deputy Minister Dung.

Another outstanding achievement of this trip is about vaccine diplomacy, he said, elaborating that the NA leader met Vietnamese ambassadors to Europe and assigned them to step up efforts to implement vaccine diplomacy.

Heads of the European Parliament and the European Council voiced their support for Viet Nam and pledged to encourage member states to increase assistance for the country, create conditions for Viet Nam to access their spare vaccines, and help transfer vaccine production technology and provide medical equipment.

In particular, Belgium handed over 100,000 vaccine doses which were delivered to Viet Nam by the flight carrying the Vietnamese delegation back home, while Slovakia also decided to present 100,000 vaccine doses to the country. Some others are also actively considering the vaccine and equipment support for Viet Nam, the Deputy FM went on.

He added several foreign organisations, major Vietnamese businesses, and overseas Vietnamese donated more than 1 trillion VND (44 million USD) worth of medical supplies to the COVID-19 fight in the country.

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(Source: VNA)