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Vietnam & Chile step up relations

Released at: 17:39, 09/11/2017

Vietnam & Chile step up relations

At the welcome ceremony for Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Hanoi. Photo: VNA

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet meets with State President Tran Dai Quang during State visit on November 8 and 9.

by Long Van

The Presidents of Vietnam and Chile told a press conference that they discussed measures to enhance comprehensive bilateral cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, and investment during their talks in Hanoi, according a report from the Vietnam News Agency.

State President Tran Dai Quang and President Michelle Bachelet met with the press in Hanoi on November 9 following their talks.

President Quang said that priority will be given to tapping the potential and strengths of the two sides in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, construction, biotechnology, mining, climate change adaptation, culture, science and technology, education and training, and tourism.

He hailed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements on external affairs on the occasion of President Bachelet’s State visit to Vietnam on November 8 and 9.

He thanked her and her government for actively promoting the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on taking care of children, especially victims of Agent Orange and dioxins, as well as supporting Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure and its hosting of the APEC Year 2017, including the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Da Nang.

The two leaders dealt with regional and international issues of mutual concern and shared views on addressing sovereignty disputes in the East Sea via peaceful means based on international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and diplomatic and legal processes.

President Bachelet highlighted the significance of the bilateral free trade agreement that came into force in 2014, making Vietnam one of the largest trade partners of Chile.

The two countries have also made important achievements in studying and applying technologies relating to rice cultivation to promote food production in Chile.

The MoU on cooperation in the field of children and adolescents is extremely important to Chile and marks the strong commitment of the two countries in child protection, especially those seriously affected by Agent Orange and dioxins, she said.

She took the occasion to thank Vietnam for supporting Chile joining the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), affirming its desire to become a dialogue partner of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) to share experience in ensuring security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before the press conference, the two Presidents signed a joint statement and witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements, including the MoU on cooperation in the field of children and adolescents, an agreement on income activities for relatives of diplomats and employees of consulates, representative offices, and international organizations, and an MoU on cooperation between the two countries’ academies of diplomacy.

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