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Deepening the Vietnam-Chile relation
14/12/2017 10:17' Send Print
President Tran Dai Quang welcomes Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria. Photo: VNA

During the visit, President Michelle Bachelet Jeria held talks with President Tran Dai Quang; paid visits to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; and met with former President Nguyen Minh Triet. On this occasion, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria laid a wreath at the Monument of Heroes of Martyrs; and paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum; and visited Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts.

At the talks, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet expressed her admiration for the glorious historical traditions of the Vietnamese nation, deep respect for President Ho Chi Minh and great and comprehensive achievements in renovation of Vietnam; and affirmed that Chile considered Vietnam as an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region. On this occasion, President Michelle Bachelet congratulated Vietnam for its impressive contribution to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum through the hosting of the APEC Year 2017 and successful organization of the 25th APEC high-level Conference in Da Nang.

While taking note of the positive developments in all fields over the past years, particularly the increasingly cohesive and reliable political ties between the two countries, Vietnam affirmed its desire and determination to promote the friendship and cooperation with Chile in all areas, and deepen the substantial and effective bilateral relation.

On the basis of the Comprehensive Partnership established by the two countries' leaders in May 2007, the two sides affirmed to enhance and deepen bilateral ties for the sake of people of the two countries. The leaders also underscored the significance of intensifying the exchange of high-level visits. They consented to deepen Vietnam-Chile political dialogue, especially through the political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level. They agreed on further parliamentary exchanges between Vietnam and Chile as well as bilateral meetings held within the framework of the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), in order to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative bodies and peoples.

The two countries agreed on the importance to step up cooperation in promising and reciprocal areas, especially education and tertiary training, trade, investment, agriculture, high-tech, tourism, climate change response, and other realms of mutual interest. In terms of economy-trade, both sides valued achievements recorded since the Vietnam-Chile Free Trade Agreement signed in November 2011 and took effect on January 1, 2014 with an average two-way trade turnover increase of 30%-40% per year (in 2016, the turnover was US$1.1 billion, more than 2 times higher than in 2013 and in the first 9 months of 2017, it was nearly $960 million, up by 29% over the same period last year); and expressed their belief that the pact is one of the important legal frameworks promoting trade-investment ties and cooperation between the two countries.

Exchanging views on the world's economic situation, the two sides agreed on the need to work together to promote an open, rule-based, fair and inclusive global trading system. The two sides, together with other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), will discuss and find solutions to accelerate the TPP process in the new situation, aiming at the early realization of the TPP to boost bilateral economic and trade relations, expand the space of economic cooperation among member countries and contribute to economic growth and connectivity in the region.

With the aim of promoting comprehensive cooperation in many fields, the two sides maintained that the Agreement on cooperation in the field of health and support for children and youth affected by Agent Orange is an important beginning to develop research to reduce the effects of this toxic chemical inherited by generations and a warning of the catastrophe to mankind. They also noted their belief that the enhanced tourism links will help increase understanding and connectivity between Vietnam and Chile, mentioning the agreement on visa exemption for ordinary passport holders which came into force in August 2017 will contributing to promoting tourist potential of each country.

The two sides pledged to coordinate and support each other in areas of mutual interest at international organizations and multilateral forums like the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), in line with the UN Charter and international law and on the basis of respect for national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

They also discussed extensively on regional and international issues of mutual concern; shared the viewpoint in support of resolving territorial and territorial disputes by peaceful means on the basis of respect for international law, in particular the United Nations Charter and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982) as well as diplomatic and legal processes.

The two sides shared common vision for today's global challenges, such as poverty reduction, climate change, environment, renewable energy, the protection of the oceans, water resources and food security. They committed to implement the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including Sustainable Development Goals, and highlighted the fact that both countries are members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2016-2018.

On this occasion, the two sides signed a joint statement and bilateral cooperation documents, including a Government-level MoU on cooperation in the field of children and adolescent victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam; an agreement on income generating activities for relatives of diplomats, consulates, staff and technicians of diplomatic offices and international organizations; and a MoU on cooperation between the two countries’ academies of diplomacy.

Phưong Tra