Prime Minister Holds Talk With Austria to Deepen Close And Trustful Ties

The two leaders also discussed the South China Sea issue, highlighting that maintaining maritime and aviation freedom and security and peace in the South China Sea is the common interest of the international community.
September 17, 2021 | 14:27
Prime Minister Holds Talk With Austria to Deepen Close And Trustful Ties
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on September 16 held talks on the phone with Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz, during which he affirmed that Vietnam hoped to further deepen the close and trustful ties with Austria in all fields, according to VNA.

The Austrian Chancellor said that Vietnam was a trustworthy and important partner of Austria in Southeast Asia, and underlined the great potential for the development of the Vietnam - Austria partnership.

Both sides agreed to resume the exchange of delegations and high-level meetings soon, while reinforcing cooperation mechanisms, including the Vietnam - Austria Joint Committee on economic and investment cooperation, heading to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2022.

Regarding collaboration in economy, trade and investment, prime minister Pham Minh Chinh proposed that the Austrian Government create favorable conditions for Vietnamese aquatic products to enter the Austrian market, soon approve the Vietnam - EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and urge the European Commission to remove the yellow card on Vietnam’s fisheries sector, according to Vietnam News.

Prime Minister Holds Talk With Austria to Deepen Close And Trustful Ties
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. (Photo: Kurz)

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that Austria was willing to support Vietnam in strengthening partnership with the EU and work for the removal of the yellow card.

Over collaboration in Covid-19 fight, the Vietnamese prime minister suggested that Austria transfer its redundant vaccines to Vietnam and cooperate in transferring production technologies for Covid-19 vaccine and treatment drug. Prime Minister Chinh also expressed hope that Austria will urge the COVAX Facility to speed up the allocation of vaccines to Vietnam in the time to come.

The two leaders also discussed the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea in Vietnamese) issue, highlighting that maintaining maritime and aviation freedom and security and peace in the South China Sea is the common interest of the international community. They affirmed support of the settlement of disputes through peaceful methods in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Prime Minister Chinh invited Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to visit Vietnam in 2022 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations. The Austrian Chancellor accepted the invitation with pleasure, said Vietnam Plus.

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