Viet Nam treasures ties with Switzerland: Vice President

2019.07.05 13:50:52

Swiss President Ueli Maurer welcomes Vice President đang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L). - VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa이미지 확대

Swiss President Ueli Maurer welcomes Vice President đang Thi Ngoc Thinh (L). - VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

Viet Nam wants to boost its ties with Switzerland, Vice President đang Thi Ngoc Thinh said while meeting with Swiss President Ueli Maurer in Bern on Wednesday.

Expressing her delight over sound relations between the two nations, particularly in politics-diplomacy, trade-investment, education-training and co-operation for development, she thanked the European country for supporting Viet Nam`s successful run for a non-permanent spot on the UN Security Council (UNSC) during 2020-21.

Viet Nam wants to boost collaboration and share experience with Switzerland to fulfill its mission at the UNSC, she added.

Maurer, for his part, spoke highly of Viet Nam`s socio-economic development and global integration achievements, and congratulated Viet Nam on winning the UNSC seat.

He said Switzerland treasures relations with Viet Nam and hoped Viet Nam would continue acting as a responsible and proactive member of international organisations.

At the meeting, both sides agreed to enhance collaboration at multilateral forums, particularly the UN.

They also decided to hold more exchanges of high-ranking delegations to drive bilateral ties, including the upcoming visit to Viet Nam by head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research Guy Parmelin. They also discussed the negotiations of the trade deal between Viet Nam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), in which Switzerland plays an important role.

They said they hoped the trade would be signed soon.

Vice President Thinh said Switzerland is an important trade-investment and development partner in Europe, saying the Vietnamese Government is working to facilitate long-term operations of Swiss companies in fields of Viet Nam`s needs, like finance-banking, insurance, manufacturing industry, pharmacy, agricultural processing and tourism.

Lauding Switzerland`s contributions to global peace, security and development, Thinh hoped the country would continue its support for Viet Nam and ASEAN to settle disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means, on the basis of international regulations, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982 (UNCLOS 1982).

To that end, they agreed to co-ordinate to ensure the respect of international laws globally.

Thinh took the occasion to convey Party General Secretary, President Nguyen Phu Trong`s invitation to the Swiss President to visit Viet Nam soon.

Vice President Thinh is in Switzerland to attend the 2019 Global Summit of Women from July 3-7. - VNS

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