President Tran Dai
Quang, his wife and a high-level delegation of Vietnam paid a State
visit to the Republic of Italy and the Vatican.
Vietnam attaches great importance to the strategic partnership with Italy
Italian President Sergio Mattarella and President Tran Dai Quang review the Guards of Honor. Photo: VNA
In Italy, the President held talks with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, met with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and working sessions with leaders of the Democratic Party of Italy, the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy and the Communist Party of Italy, attended and delivered a speech at the Vietnam-Italy Business Forum, and visited the Embassy of Vietnam in the Republic of Italy.
During the talks and meetings, President Tran Dai Quang expressed sympathy with the Italian people about the damage caused by the earthquake occurred repeatedly recently in central Italy. President Tran Dai Quang also affirmed Vietnam always attaches importance to friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with Italy in the overall relations with the European Union.
President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi highly valued the visit of President Tran Dai Quang, considering it an important milestone for both parties to further strengthen the strategic partnership established in 2013.
The leaders maintained that bilateral relations are developing positively in all fields and affirmed their determination to deepen the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership. The two sides agreed to increase the exchange of delegations and meetings at all levels, especially high-level delegations, follow up on the 2017-2018 Action Plan to materialize the strategy partnerships, and maintain exchanges between the two countries’ political parties and peoples, regarding them as an important political platform for effective bilateral.
The two sides affirmed the economic cooperation as priority pillar in bilateral cooperation, agreed to raise trade turnover to US $ 6 billion in the period 2017-2018, increase Italy's investment in Vietnam, especially in the areas of strength of Italy, facilitate Vietnam's agricultural commodities, and seafood access to Italy’s market. The two sides also agreed to build a new orientation of development cooperation in line with the strategic partnership, focusing on the areas of vocational training, environment, water management, and flood warning.
Collaboration in culture, education and training as well as tourism will be enhances, Scientific and technological affiliations will be accorded priority in the coming years. The Italian President said he would continue to support Vietnam in preserving relic sites, increase the number of scholarships for students, and post-graduate students from Vietnam to Italy.
The President agreed to work for an early opening of direct air routes between the two countries in the near future and share experiences in implementing public-private-partnership (PPP) projects on logistics, shipbuilding, railways, and infrastructure.
In the field of defense and security, both sides agreed to enhance information sharing, and experience in fight crimes, strengthen collaboration training, relief operation, bomb and mine clearance, defense industry development, and UN peacekeeping force.
Vietnam and Italy will strengthen coordination in multilateral fora such as the UN, ASEAN-EU and ASEM, UNESCO, continue to support each other in promoting relations between Italy and the Asia-Pacific as well as between Vietnam and the European Union, focusing on projects, programs on response to climate change and green growth.
The leaders of Vietnam and Italy stating the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, freedom of navigation, aviation, holding that the East Sea disputes should be resolved by peaceful means, on the basis of respect for international law, the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, fully realizing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and the early agreement of the Code of conduct in the East Sea (COC) to ensure freedom of navigation and aviation in this important trade route of the world.
At the meeting with the leaders of the Democratic Party of Italy, the Communist Refoundation Party, and the Communist Party of Italy, President Tran Dai Quang affirmed that the Vietnamese Communist Party cherishes the traditional friendship relations with left-wing parties, and expressed deep gratitude to leftist forces, the Communists and the people of Italy for their solidarity, support and valuable assistance to Vietnam. The President stressed Vietnam’s policy to maintain, consolidate and strengthen ties with the fraternal traditional parties, while expanding relationships with major political parties, and ruling parties in other countries.
Leaders of the Italian Democratic Party, the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy, and the Communist Party of Italy expressed their pleasure to meet with President Tran Dai Quang, affirming the solidarity and friendship of the Italian left-wing parties to the struggle for national liberation in the past and construction of Vietnam at present.
Speaking to the business communities of both countries at the Vietnam-Italy Business Forum, President Tran Dai Quang stated over 30 years of comprehensive renewal, Vietnam has made achievements of great and historical significance. GDP Per capita of Vietnam now reaches approximately US$ 2,100, and the scale of the economy more than US$ 200 billion. In the coming years, Vietnam will fully implement its commitments in the ASEAN Community and the World Trade Organization (WTO), join new-generation free trade agreements, including the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement and step up in-depth international integration.
President Tran Dai Quang said that as the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the EU is about to be signed, the two countries are fully capable of raising bilateral import-export to US$ 6 billion for the period of 2017-2018. Vietnam hopes Italy will open its market for Vietnam’s agricultural products, and seafood to reach Italian consumers. He highly appreciated the quality of mechanical products, high technology, supporting industry, industrial design and fashion of Italy. President Tran Dai Quang stated Italian businesses’ motto for business success is also that of Vietnam. The Vietnamese State is committed to continue to create an open, favorable, and equal business and investment environment, to meet the requirements of international integration for the benefit of the two countries' enterprises.
Visiting the Embassy of Vietnam in the Republic of Italy and meeting the Embassy staff, and Vietnamese community who lives in Italy, President Tran Dai Quang reiterated the consistent policy of the State of Vietnam to respect the overseas Vietnamese’s love towards the country and consider the overseas Vietnamese an inseparable part of Vietnam.
He expressed his hope that each out of the 5,000 overseas Vietnamese in Italy will be a bridge to contribute to the promotion of the land, culture and people of Vietnam, and bring the two peoples of Vietnam and Italy increasingly closer together.
The Vatican keen to promote ties with Vietnam
President Tran Dai Quang meets Secretary of State Parolin Vatican. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of Pope Francis, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang visited the Vatican and met with Pope Francis and Prime Minister Pietro Parolin.
Pope Francis welcomed and appreciated the visit of President Tran Dai Quang, affirming that this is an opportunity for Vietnam and the Vatican to strengthen mutual understanding, thereby promoting bilateral ties. The Vatican thinks highly of the country’s socio-economic achievements, along with its efforts to consider public opinion before approving the Law of Belief and Religion and expresses its desire to promote relations with Vietnam.
President Tran Dai Quang thanked the Pope for his emotion to Vietnam, expressed satisfaction over strides in bilateral ties over the past years. The President affirmed that Vietnam always implements consistent policy to respect and the rights of all people to freedom of belief and religion, and constantly fine-tunes the legal framework to guarantee this right.
President Tran Dai Quang and Pope Francis praised the positive contribution of the Catholic community of Vietnam recently. The President highly valued to positive progress in the relationship between Vietnam and the Vatican as shown by the high-level meetings in recent years and dialogues through the Joint Working Group.
President Tran Dai Quang and Pope Francis underlined that the Catholic Church in Vietnam should operate in line with the law in the framework of the law, and its adherents should lead to a secular and religious life and be good citizens. Both sides agreed to maintain dialogue and contacts between the two sides.
On this occasion, President Tran Dai Quang met and discussed with Secretary of State Pietro Parolin the state of Catholicism in Vietnam and Vietnam-Vatican relations.