Top legislator’s tour to Europe, Belgium create new momentum for bilateral ties: Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao

Update: 07:15 | 09/09/2021
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s visit to Europe and Belgium on September 8-9 will create a new impetus to push bilateral relations to a new height, especially in the context that the COVID-19 pandemic is hampering high-level delegation exchanges, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of Viet Nam’s delegation to the EU Nguyen Van Thao.
Top legislator’s tour to Europe, Belgium create new momentum for bilateral ties: Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue is welcomed in Belgium on September 8. (Photo: VNA)

Thao affirmed that the EU is a very important partner of Viet Nam in all fields, with the two sides establishing diplomatic relations 50 years ago and having achieved many encouraging achievements, reflected through the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and eight dialogue frameworks between the two sides.

The EU has only inked FTAs with four partners, namely Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore and Viet Nam, of which only Viet Nam is a developing country, he said, stressing that this shows the EU attaches great importance to Viet Nam's role in the region, and Viet Nam also affirms that the EU is a comprehensive partner with great potential for development and cooperation.

Regarding the Viet Nam-Belgium relations, the diplomat said that Viet Nam is also an important partner of Belgium as the two countries set up strategic partnership in agriculture – the field that has great contribution to their development.

“Therefore, we need to take measures to promote the relationship with Belgium in a more substantive and effective manner for both sides,” stated Thao.

Belgium is one of the leading European countries in renewable energy, green energy and sustainable development, and has strengths in logistics, transportation and accreditation. Therefore, cooperating with the country, Viet Nam can go on the right track towards the development of renewable energy, green energy and sustainable development, and can step up exports, he added.

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(Source: VNA)