Vietnam-UK: building political trust and parliamentary cooperation | policy

Speaker of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue. Photo: VNA

Hanoi (VNA) – The Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue, leading a senior delegation from the Vietnamese legislative body, will pay an official visit from June 28 to 30 to UK.

The visit will be made at the invitation of the UK House of Lords, John Mcfall and the Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Linsay Hoyle.

the Vietnam and the United Kingdom established diplomatic relations on September 11, 1973.

In March 2008, Vietnam and the UK signed the Joint Declaration highlighting their relationship as a “Partnership for Development”. Since September 2010, this relationship has been upgraded to a “Strategic Partnership”.

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At the ceremony to announce a Joint Declaration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership (2010-2020) with a vision to take relationships to the next level. Photo: VNA

In 2020, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the strategic partnership (2010-2020), the foreign ministers of the two parties issued a Joint Declaration expressing their desire to bring the relationship to higher levels.

In particular, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Kingdom actively supports Vietnam’s access to vaccines. AstraZeneca, from the UK, is the first vaccine approved in Vietnam.

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, in Glasgow, UK. Photo: VNA

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 26, in Glasgow, UK, the Head of Government of Vietnam delivered a strong message and commitment to unite in responding to global climate change, including the commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

In the field of economy and trade, the two sides established a meeting mechanism of the Vietnam-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO). In December 2020, the two countries signed the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) which came into effect on May 1, 2021. Last year, bilateral trade reached 6.6 billion dollars.

Regarding defense-security cooperation, the two defense ministries held an annual defense policy dialogue at the vice-ministerial level; creating a working group on defense cooperation; promotes cooperation in many priority areas such as peacekeeping within the framework of the United Nations, English education, maritime security, close coordination in resolving conflicts related to human trafficking.

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Vietnam exports phones and electronic components to the UK. Photo: VNA.

Regarding educational cooperation, this relationship is strengthened with the presence of Council of Britain, The British international agency that oversees the exchange of education and cultural relations, in three major cities in Vietnam: Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City.

As for the relationship between Vietnam NA and the British Parliament (the House of Lords and the House of Commons), it has developed in recent years with many concrete and effective activities. Both sides continued to exchange delegations at all levels.

The two sides also hold contacts and consultations in multilateral parliamentary forums, in particular at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP).

The upcoming official visit of Vietnam’s National Assembly (NA) Speaker Vuong Dinh Hue is aimed at further implementing foreign policy in the 13th National Party Congress, maintaining and deepening bilateral cooperation relations, saying Vietnam is long consideration of its strategic partnership with the UK.

In addition, the visit aims to improve the implementation of the UKVFTA agreement, create new momentum for Vietnam-UK relations in politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, security, defense, education, training, resilience. -or climate (implementation of COP-26 commitments) and other potential areas.-VNA

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