Minister in Hanoi for UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue.
UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Hugo Swire, has visited Vietnam in his role as Co-chair of the UK-Vietnam Strategic Dialogue.
A wide range of issues were discussed during his meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, such as trade, defense, organized crime and illegal migration, education, and science and innovation.
Views on global challenges such as ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Ebola and the illegal wildlife trade were also exchanged.
During this, his first visit to Vietnam, Minister Swire said that the start of the Lunar New Year was an opportune time to celebrate the strength and breadth of the friendship between the UK and Vietnam.
"Vietnam is an important partner of the UK and the Strategic Dialogue is an opportunity to recognize the many positive developments in our relationship," he said.
He also looked forward to exploring ways for the UK to work even more closely with Vietnam. "The launch of the Newton Fund is a great opportunity to develop collaboration on our shared priorities of education, research, and innovation," he said.
As part of the UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2010, the two countries take turns to host the Strategic Dialogue. This is the fourth meeting, following the third, held in London in 2013.
The Newton Fund:
The Newton Fund is part of the UK's official development assistance. Its aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote economic development. The fund is more than $115.8 million each year, and runs for a period of five years, from 2014 to 2019. Vietnam is one of 15 partner countries in the Fund, which is led by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It serves as an example of the new way in which the UK seeks to support Vietnam's socio-economic development.