The visit to Cuba from September 18-21 and working trip to New York, the US, from September 21-24 of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation bear great significance and meet all set targets, according to Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc left New York for Hanoi on September 24 (local time) (Photo: VNA)
– The visit to Cuba from September
18-21 and working trip to New York, the US, from September 21-24 of President
Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation bear great significance and meet
all set targets, according to Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
Talking to the press, the FM said the President’s trip has
contributed to promoting the implementation of the external ties guidelines set
by the 13th National Party Congress and delivered a strong message
to the world on Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, multilateralization and
diversification, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, and that
Vietnam is a reliable friend, an active and responsible member of the international
Second, the trip affirmed the loyal solidarity, mutual support
and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Cuba. FM Son stressed that the
visit by President Phuc has breathed new life and created a new momentum for the
special traditional ties between the two countries, as manifested in the
release of a joint statement covering all fields and the signing of many
cooperative agreements in agriculture, health care, justice, communications and
information, energy and tourism.
The FM noted that even when its domestic supply of COVID-19 vaccine
is still not sufficient to cover the entire population, Cuba still commits to
provide Vietnam with 10 million doses of its Abdala vaccine, with 1 million doses
delivered right during President Phuc’s visit.
At the welcoming ceremony for President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Havana (Photo: VNA)
He added that Vietnam, while still struggling with various
difficulties since the pandemic broke out, has also presented Cuba 23,000
tonnes of rice, including 6,000 tonnes delivered during President Phuc’s visit,
along with medical supplies, maize seeds and computers.
Third, the active participation of President Phuc’s in the
high-level debates of the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council and
other UN meetings shows that Vietnam is a peace loving country with aspirations
for development, which makes active and constructive contributions to global peace,
security and development issues, especially the COVID-19 prevention and control
and post-pandemic recovery and sustainable.
FM Son noted that the President’s messages and proposals at UN meetings have received
approval, appreciation and warm response from leaders of many countries and
The diplomat went on to say that President Phuc had made use of
the occasion of the trip to New York for the UN high-level general debate to
meet with leaders of many countries, international organisations and
businesses, helping strengthen external relations and the favourable
environment for national peace, stability and development.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addesses the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly (Photo: VNA)
In addition, the President’s trip has won the support of the
international community for Vietnam’s efforts to control the pandemic and
restore socio-economic development. FM Son noted that besides the 1 million
doses of vaccine from Cuba which are brought home on the President’s flight
back home, many partners have pledged to provide and sell vaccines to Vietnam.
For example, the Republic of Korea promised to deliver more than 1 million
doses of vaccine in mid-October and Hungary pledged to immediately deliver
400,000 doses. The Northwestern Medicine group will provide medical
equipment worth 3.8 million USD, the Thermo Fisher, 270,000 test kits worth 2
million USD and David Duong, an overseas Vietnamese, 1,000 ventilators.
The diplomat also highlighted that during the
President’s trip, many leading groups signed contracts and agreements worth billions
of USD with Vietnamese counterparts. The trip also helped strengthen the international
business community’s trust in Vietnam.
Regarding orientations and focus of the Vietnam-Cuba partnership
in the new context, FM Son said that the two sides will concentrate on
comprehensively promoting their special traditional friendship through the
Party, State and people diplomacy channels across all fields of
politics-diplomacy, defence, security as well as socio-economy.
He said the two sides will optimise the existing cooperation mechanisms to
increase the exchange of theory and practical experience in socialism building
and socio-economic development in each country.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a statement at the high-level open debate of the UN Security Council on Climate Security on September 23 (local time) in New York (Photo: VNA)
According to Son, Vietnam and Cuba will further expand and deepen economic
partnership to match their sound political relations, focusing on agriculture,
information technology, tranport, tourism, health care, pharmaceuticals, and
He added that Vietnam and Cuba will continue to unite, coordinate with and
support each other at multilateral forums, thus enhancing the position of each
country and making more positive contributions to peace, stability, national
independence, democracy and social progress in the world.
Mentioning Vietnam’s plans for engagement in UN activities and common work of
the world, Son said that in the time to come, Vietnam will prioritise the
strengthening of its involvement in UN activities while promoting its role and
unique identity through practical initiatives.
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son (Photo: VNA)
In addition, Vietnam will increase its participation in UN peacekeeping
operations and the implementation of UN top priorities, such as stamping out
COVID-19, promoting sustainable and inclusive post-pandemic recovery and
development, realizing Sustainable Development Goals, delivering on commitments
on environmental protection, ensuring and promoting human rights, and promoting
the restructuring of the UN, he said.
The FM stressed that Vietnam will continue to make full use of the support from
UN agencies in resources, expertise and experience for national development in
following years. Boosting the practical and effective cooperation with the UN
will help Vietnam deepen ties with countries, partners as well as other
multilateral organisations and forums, contributing to maintaining the peaceful
and stable environment as well as mobilising international resources for the
country’s socio-economic development and enhancing its position in the world
arena, Son concluded./.