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Nation-to-nation relations should be based on equality and respect

VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said “relations between nations should be established on the basis of equality and respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and legitimate interests.”

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Phuc stressed the point at a reception of the 74th anniversary of Independence Day of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam for ambassadors, charge d’affaires and heads of international organizations, in Ha Noi on August 29.

The statement was rolled out in the context that traditional and non-traditional security challenges continue to fiercely emerge, particularly in the Asia-Pacific.

The Vietnamese Government chief continue to say that “disputes should be resolved via peaceful measures in accordance with international law.”

He reiterated the burning aspiration within each of us Vietnamese people, yearning for “independence and freedom” throughout our struggle to reclaim the rights to national independence, self-determination and pursuit of happiness.

“Today, following the footsteps of our forefathers, the Vietnamese people are aspiring for “peace and prosperity”, and confidently striding towards the “stage of glory” to join major powers and friends around the world, thereby realizing the wish of President Ho Chi Minh before his passing 50 years ago,” Phuc said.

He took the occasion to express his sincerest gratitude for warm friendship, valuable support and effective cooperation of partners and friends around the world.

Encouraging development signals

Regarding receent developments in Viet Nam, he said the Vietnamese economy has witnessed encouraging outcomes, with GDP growth reaching 7.08% last year.

The country’s GDP is projected to grow from 6.7-7% this year, higher than the regional and global average, Phuc said.

As of August 2019, accumulated FDI reached an all-time high of around US$355 billion in 29,550 projects from 132 countries and territories.

Meanwhile, total trade turnover in the first 8 months of 2019 amounted to US$350 billion, with a growth of 8.3% and a surplus of 3.5 to US$4 billion, according to the Vietnamese Government chief.

On diplomatic aspect, Viet Nam proactively contributed to regional and world peace by successfully hosting the 2nd US – DPRK Summit in February 2019.

After the National Assembly’s ratification, the CPTPP Agreement came into force in Viet Nam in January 2019 and Viet Nam and the European Union signed the EVFTA and the EVIPA on June 30th, 2019.

National pride, weighty responsibility

PM Phuc said Viet Nam will take on dual international responsibilities: the ASEAN Chairmanship and a non-permanent Membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020 – 2021 tenure.

This is the pride of our nation and also our “aspiration” but it is also weighty responsibility entrusted by the international community, Phuc emphasized.

He took the occasion to extend gratitude towards nations and partners for electing Viet Nam to the United Nations Security Council with a record number of votes.

PM Phuc expects nations and partners to continue cooperating and supporting Viet Nam to fulfill this noble mission./.

By Huong Giang

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