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Vietnamese leaders welcome and hold talks with Icelandic President
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President Truong Tan Sang hosted a solemn welcome ceremony to Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his spouse at the Presidential Palace on November 4th.

The Icelandic President is on his three-day visit to Vietnam.

After the welcome ceremony, the two presidents held talks.

Expanding cooperation in several fields

Briefing the guest on Vietnam’s situations, President Sang stressed that Vietnam is exerting efforts to shift the growth model in a deep manner, boost the economic restructuring for rapid and sustainable development towards industrialization and modernization.

He highlighted Vietnam’s policy of international integration in all fields, enhanced participation in bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, contribution to peace and stability in the region as well as deeper and more effective ties with its partners across continents.

Regarding the two countries’ bilateral ties, the Vietnamese president suggested more exchanges and contacts at all levels and supports for the two countries’ businesses in seeking business opportunities, especially in the fields in which Iceland has the upper hand, and Vietnam has demands such as seafood fishing and processing and renewable energy.

The Vietnamese president also asked the two countries’ trade promotion agencies to establish relations and bolster economic cooperation. Thanking Iceland and the European Free Trade Association for the recognition of Vietnam as a market economy, he hoped that Iceland would step up negotiations on the two sides’ free trade agreements, taking into account the development gap, and shortly conclude them, so that their businesses would have the chance to have access to each country’s market.

With its experience, Iceland will assist Vietnam in promptly integrating into the world economy and implementing inked agreements, as well as more effectively operating within the framework of the World Trade Organization, the President added.

The President also suggested the possibility of negotiating and signing agreements on education and training cooperation, assisting Vietnam in training experts on seafood, energy, the environment and sharing experience on promoting social welfare, gender equality, and care for kids and people with disabilities.

For his part, the Icelandic President emphasized his visit’s aim of expanding cooperation in different fields, especially sharing experience with Vietnam on sustainable seafood fishing, clean energy exploitation and use, and promoting learning among the two countries’ universities.

The guest also underlined Iceland’s special attention to the signing of the framework agreement on climate change in Paris this October and wished that Vietnam would proactively participate in this active dialogue mechanism. He also confirmed Iceland’s willing to help Vietnam develop renewable energy in response to climate change, to help build a better environment.

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson affirmed that Iceland would grant more scholarships for Vietnamese students in the fields of seafood fishing, renewable energy and thermoelectricity which will be included in the two coming conferences in Vietnam during his visit, and take advantages of the UN’s existing training programs on seafood and thermoelectricity.

He also agreed with the Vietnamese President’s suggestion regarding the enhancement of economic, trade and investment cooperation and the need to conclude negotiations on free trade agreements with the EU, the European Free Trade Association and Iceland. He hailed and showed his support for Vietnam’s programs related to social welfare, gender equality, and care for persons with disabilities.

During their talks, both presidents exchanged issues of mutual concern in the region and the rest of the world. President Truong Tan Sang thanked Iceland for its support for Vietnam’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and wished Iceland to back Vietnam in joining the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

In terms of the East Sea (South China Sea) issue, the two leaders voiced their concern over recent developments and stressed the need to address disputes in a peaceful manner and in accordance with international law, UN Charter and especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982). They also agreed that related parties should shortly reach consensus on the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), regarding it an effective manner to ensure peace, stability, navigation, aviation and trade security and freedom in the East Sea.

After the talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing ceremonies of a series of cooperation documents.

Ready to share experience in fields that each country has the upper hand in

On the same day, at the Party Central Committee’s headquarters, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

The General Secretary hailed his first visit to Vietnam and thanked his and the Icelandic people’s precious support and deep sentiments for Vietnam during the struggle for national salvation.

He highly appreciated the outcome of the earlier talks between him and President Truong Tan Sang as well as inked agreements with the aim of further developing the fruitful traditional ties between the two countries.

Regarding the relationship between Vietnam and Iceland, the General Secretary expressed his wish that the two countries would step up their multifaceted cooperation, especially in trade-investment, education and training, energy and environment.

Speaking highly of Vietnam’s important achievements in the causes of national reform, development and international integration, the Icelandic President affirmed that the Icelandic Government wishes to boost its cooperation with Vietnam in the fields of trade-investment, education, and training, and is ready to share information and experience in fields in which Iceland has the upper hand such as the environment, sustainable seafood fishing and clean energy.

On the afternoon of the same day, at the meeting with visiting Icelandic President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung wished that the two countries would maintain exchanges of delegations as a foundation to promote cooperation in fields of mutual concern, especially in economics, trade, and investment. Additionally, they should step up cooperation in the fields in which Iceland has the upper hand and Vietnam has demands, including eco-friendly seafood fishing and processing, and clean energy which Iceland has much experience in.

The Prime Minister also gave suggestions on the coordination in building a legal framework to foster cooperation in other potential fields like education, science and technology, culture and tourism and expressed his wish that the two sides would continue to back each other in international forums, especially in the UN.

For his part, the Icelandic President asserted that Iceland attaches a great deal of importance to developing its relations with Vietnam in all fields, especially clean agricultural development and technology.

On the East Sea issue, he affirmed Iceland’s consistent position of always supporting Vietnam and other ASEAN members’ legitimate stance and stressed that the East Sea issue must be solved by peaceful means on the basis of respecting international law, including UNCLOS 1982.

Building an international cooperation model for sustainable development

Also that afternoon, at the reception for the Icelandic President, Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung informed the guest of the ongoing session of the 13th NA, in which Vietnamese deputies are discussing and concretizing action programs to implement new sustainable development targets approved by the UN General Assembly late this September, with a focus on the restructuring of agriculture, rural areas, hunger elimination and poverty reduction.

The NA Chairman hoped that the guest would back and help boost cooperation between the two legislative bodies in the fields where the two sides have common concerns.

The Icelandic President wished Vietnam’s NA Chairman to continue to support and create favourable conditions to step up the two countries’ cooperation ties to put forwards the building of an international cooperation model for sustainable development between the two countries./.

Source: People’s Army Newspaper