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Vietnam - Egypt joint statement issued

Released at: 16:08, 29/08/2018

Vietnam - Egypt joint statement issued

President Tran Dai Quang (3rd from right) holds talks with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi (Photo: VNA)

State President Tran Dai Quang paid State visit to Egypt from August 25 to 28.

by Long Van

Vietnam and Egypt have issued a joint statement on the occasion of the State-level visit to Egypt by State President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse from August 25 to 28 at the invitation of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Vietnam News Agency reports.

President Quang held talks with President Al Sisi and met with Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

During their talks, the two leaders discussed in-depth bilateral, regional and international issues of common concern.

The two affirmed that President Quang’s visit is an important landmark in bilateral ties on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations. They expressed a belief that the outcomes of the first visit by a Vietnamese State President will help consolidate political trust, expand cooperation in trade, investment, agriculture, and education and training, and promote cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The leaders agreed to increase the exchange of all-level delegations through the channels of their governments, parliaments, localities, people and businesses, while optimizing existing cooperative mechanisms such as the inter-governmental committee and political consultation, thus strengthening strategic trust.

They expressed satisfaction at the two countries’ sound cooperation at regional and international forums such as the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement, the African Union, and ASEAN, particularly their support of each other in running for seats in UN agencies. Egypt valued Vietnam’s candidacy to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021. The two sides called on the international community to join hands to prevent and settle armed conflicts by peaceful measures in line with UN Charters and international law.

The Egyptian side appreciated Vietnam’s backing of Egypt joining the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. The country pledged to support Vietnam in increasing cooperation with Africa and to work as a bridge between Vietnam and the African Union.

The two leaders agreed to continue promoting bilateral ties in the fields of trade and investment and committed to creating all possible favorable conditions for their businesses to access each other’s markets.

To soon achieve the goal of $1 billion in bilateral trade, the two leaders held that the two countries should take synchronous measures, including advocating liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, supporting a rule-based, fair and inclusive multilateral trade system in which the WTO plays the central role. They agreed to increase the exchange of business delegations and the sharing of information and to hold regular trade fairs and exhibitions, while seeking business and investment opportunities in new fields such as garment and textiles, leather shoes, manufacturing mechanics, consumer goods, food processing, and others.

The two sides highly valued bilateral cultural cooperation and agreed to early organize cultural days/week and exchange in their respective countries.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperative deals between ministries, agencies and localities.

Discussing regional and international issues in-depth, the two sides held that peace and stability in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa or any other region in the world is essential for humankind’s development and prosperity. They vowed readiness to work together for progress and prosperity in their respective regions.

The two sides affirmed the importance of international cooperation in fighting terrorism, which is a common threat of peace-loving nations. They supported seeking peaceful solutions to the crises in several Middle East countries to ensure those countries’ unification.

The two leaders reiterated support of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the need for peaceful negotiation in order to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement for the Palestine issue on the basis of the two-State solution and the borderline before 1967, with East Jerusalem being the capital of the State of Palestine.

The two sides reiterated their wish and resolve to maintain maritime order in accordance with principles of international law as expressed in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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