PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Ambassadors from Middle
Eastern and African nations, Ha Noi, September 10, 2019 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu
At the meeting, the PM welcomed the initiative
of organizing the conference themed “Meet Ambassadors of the Middle East and
Africa 2019” for the first time by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, which attracted the participation of 300 delegates, including 44
heads of permanent and non-permanent diplomatic agencies and honorary
consulates from Middle Eastern and African nations.
Phuc stressed the special relationship between Viet
Nam and Middle Eastern and African countries and positive achievements in
all spheres of politics, diplomacy, trade, investment, agriculture,
education, science-technology, tourism and culture that have made
contributions to the development of each side and peace, cooperation and
development in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Viet Nam always attaches importance to and deepens
the traditional friendship cooperative relations with other countries in the
Middle East and Africa, he asserted, referring to the two-way trade value of
US$22.5 billion between the nation with other partners in the Middle East
and Africa in 2018, up 300% against in 2010.
However, the potential cooperation between the two
sides are huge, said the Vietnamese leader, suggesting Ambassadors and heads
of delegations uphold their roles in boosting cooperation in the upcoming
Viet Nam and Middle Eastern and African nations
should promote solidarity and cooperation for sustainable development on the
basis of partnership for mutual interests as well as advocate dialogues and
tackle disputes through peaceful measures, respecting the international laws
and basic principles of the United Nations Charters, said Phuc.
He asked to focus on enhancing economic ties,
especially potential areas such as trade, investment, agriculture,
information technology and communications, energy, education-training, labor
Besides the bilateral cooperation between Viet Nam
and countries in the Middle East and Africa, the PM proposed expanding
cooperation in the regional and international aspects to create a
synchronous coordination and cooperation mechanism, welcoming the upcoming
signing ceremony of establishing a dialogue mechanism between
the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and Viet Nam.
He required soon setting up the official
relationship between Viet Nam and the African Union and expanding
cooperation between Viet Nam and ASEAN with other regional and sub-regional
organizations in the Middle East and Africa as well as encouraging and
facilitating the private sector to join hands with the State and local
authorities to participate in the process of accelerating cooperation
between Viet Nam and Middle Eastern and African nations.
In addition to mobilizing bilateral resources and
the South-South Cooperation, Phuc expressed his hope that international and
regional organizations and development agencies to coordinate with Viet Nam
and countries in the Middle East and Africa to launch cooperative activities
in tripartite and four-side models to share experience and resources for
common development goals.
It is necessary to uphold the active and leading
roles of Ambassadors and diplomats of Viet Nam and nations in the Middle
East and Africa in paving the way and promoting cooperation as well as their
bridging roles in connecting the Governments and Middle Eastern and African
people with the Vietnamese side, said PM Phuc.
Djibouti’s Ambassador to Viet Nam Admed Araita Ali
highlighted the meaning of the conference, congratulating Viet Nam on
remarkable economic achievements over the recent years.
The cooperation between the Middle Eastern and
African nations and Viet Nam have manifested the importance of demands for
expanding market amid the increasing protectionism trend, he said,
suggesting Viet Nam take advantages of the current free trade areas with the
Middle East and Africa to distribute its products effectively with low
prices at these nations.