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Vietnam, Spain boost bilateral cooperation amid COVID-19 pandemic

07:17 | 23/04/2020

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain Arancha Gonzalez Laya agreed to strengthen strategic ties and intensify coordination at multilateral and international forums as well as in matters of mutual concerns during this year.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Photo: VNA

Minh on April 22 held phone talks with Laya to discuss bilateral cooperation amid COVID-19 pandemic, VNA reported.

Minh informed the Spanish FM about the situation in Vietnam and its preventive measures. He highlighted the government’s determination to carry out dual tasks of containing the coronavirus outbreak while maintaining socio-economic stability and growth after COVID-19.

As ASEAN Chair and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2020, Vietnam has been actively cooperating, sharing information and experience with foreign partners to prevent the pandemic, Minh went on.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya thanked the Vietnamese government and people for presenting Spain 110,000 antibacterial face masks.

She highly appreciated Vietnam’s proactive and strong measures against COVID-19, as well as the country’s active role and proposals about this matter at regional and international forums.

The minister hoped the two countries will closely work together and set up a cooperation channel in the fight against COVID-19.

The two sides agreed to strengthen strategic ties and intensify coordination at multilateral and international forums as well as in matters of mutual concerns during this year when Vietnam is playing the role of ASEAN Chair and non-permanent member of the UNSC for 2020-2021.

With Europe's second highest death toll of 21,717 and the world's second most infections at 208,389, Spain's tough restrictions have included a ban on children leaving their homes since mid-March.

However, on April 21 night, the government said those under 14 would be able to take short walks outside under supervision from the weekend.

No new coronavirus cases were reported in Vietnam as of April 22 afternoon, with the overall number of infections staying at 268, including 223 cases of full recovery, according to the Ministry of Health.

In order to support Spain to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, the Government and people of Vietnam had given 100,000 medical masks to the Government and people of Spain, the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam also gave 10,000 medical masks.

The central Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association and Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association of Hanoi city also handed over 1,000 protective suits as a gift of Vietnamese people to Embassy of Spain in Hanoi./.

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