Prime Minister makes wide-ranging address at expanded G7 Summit in Japan.
Unilateral activities against international regulations and regional agreements such as the large-scale construction of artificial islands, changing the status quo and scaling up militarization are seriously threatening regional peace and stability, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
Attending the expanded G7 Summit in Japan on May 27, PM Phuc insisted that prosperity and sustainable development in Vietnam, Asia and the world can only be assured in a peaceful and stable international environment.
The situation requires relevant sides be restrained and address disputes with peaceful measures in accordance with international regulations, including the UNCLOS 1982 and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards formulating a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), he added.
He welcomed prioritized issues discussed at the Summit, which are crucial and urgent for peace, stability and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region in particular and the world in general, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
“Sustainable development based on effective international and regional integration is Vietnam’s development strategy and orientation,” he said. “Infrastructure is one of the three breakthroughs of the country’s socioeconomic plan in the future,” he said.
Vietnam hailed Japan’s implementation of the “Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” in Asia and the Mekong-Japan Connectivity Initiative as well as the support from other countries in the G7, including the US and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) for the sustainable development of the Lower Mekong and the new initiative in the Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP).
PM Phuc told the gathering that Vietnam would join hands in realizing the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
He also expected that G7 countries and multi-lateral organizations would provide more assistance to Vietnam and other countries along the Mekong River to enhance water management and protection, improve the capacity to respond to climate change, and prevent droughts and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta and Lower Mekong.
Vietnam welcomes countries in the G7 raising their voices and supporting efforts in ensuring maritime and overflight security and freedom, addressing disputes with peaceful measures based on international regulations.
The expanded G7 Summit opened on May 27 with the participation of G7 members and invited guests, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, and Chad, together with international organizations such as the UN, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Asian Development Bank.