Tuesday, October 24, 2023

PM's trip to UNGA, US, Brazil: To convey message of Vietnam's determination and global solidarity


 In the days of September (from September 17 to 26), far from Vietnam halfway around the world, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation had a series of exciting multilateral and bilateral activities at the biggest multilateral organization on the planet - the United Nations, and during the stay in the United States and official visit to Brazil.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's trip once again demonstrated the image of Vietnam as a peace-loving, positive, and responsible member through effective and substantive contributions in all aspects at multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations.

With the Prime Minister’s trip to the United States, it took place immediately after President Joe Biden's state visit to Vietnam and the elevating relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership for peace, security and sustainable development.

Therefore, the visit is important in concretizing and implementing agreements and commitments reached between leaders of the two countries.

With the Prime Minister’s official visit to Brazil, the trip is also extremely important in promoting bilateral cooperation in the future, and is a milestone in opening a new period of cooperation with Brazil.

Long lasting motivation

The new momentum of the relationship of Vietnam-US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for peace, security and sustainable development can be clearly seen at every stop of the delegation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to the United States. Certainly, the US side could see a Government of "action", a great determination of Vietnam to strongly and substantially develop new heights in the relationship that the two sides have just established.

"The Vietnam-US relationship is very unique and very special"; “making technology, innovation and real investment become important new pillars of the comprehensive strategic partnership”; "Let's take Vietnam as a base in Southeast Asia"; "Let's cooperate together, win together, benefit together in the spirit of harmonious benefits and shared risks", "come to Vietnam to witness Vietnam's innovation", "your success is also our success and vice versa", etc. Such strong and impressive messages were filled at every meeting of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh with leaders, officials, politicians, businesses, scholars, students, from San Francisco to Washington D.C or New York. So, people clearly feel a new spirit, rising in the Vietnam - United States Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Proposals and measures to promote bilateral cooperation "worthy" of the new framework of relations were highlighted very specifically by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Accordingly, Vietnam identifies economic - trade - investment cooperation as the foundation, the "long lasting engine" of the comprehensive strategic partnership with the US.

To effectively implement the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership framework, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh proposed that the United States soon recognize Vietnam's Market Economy status and encourage US high-tech enterprises doing business in Vietnam. Besides, the two sides need to create breakthroughs in science and technology cooperation, innovation, education and training; At the same time, the two sides strongly promote cooperation in combating climate change, green growth, and developing renewable energy...

“The Vietnamese Government is ready to open its doors to welcome all businesses to invest and do business in a legal, stable and effective manner for the strength and prosperity of each country, prosperity and happiness of the people... This is the best way to heal wounds, put the past behind, look forward to the future," Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh emphasized at the Vietnam-US Business Forum.

On the US side, in the discussions with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, US leaders, politicians and businesses all expressed their support for the further development of Vietnam-US relations, at the same time, believing that Vietnam becomes a country with an increasingly important role and voice in the region.

According to US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, American businesses will invest heavily in Vietnam in the near future. A specific example, during Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to Silicon Valley, Vice President of Meta Group Joel Kaplann emphasized the Vietnamese market is large with great potential and wishes to expand investment in the S-shaped land.

Symbol of reconsiliation

In New York, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation attended a multilateral event of extremely important significance which is the high-level general debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly with the theme “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Acceleratingactionon the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towardspeace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all”.

Within the framework of the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh participated many important activities such as attending and speaking at the high-level general debate of the General Assembly; attended and delivered speech at UN Summit on global issues such as climate change, pandemic response, and holding many bilateral meetings to convey consistent policies of the Party, State and Government of Vietnam to international friends about a Vietnam of peace, cooperation and integration, bringing Vietnam's relations with the UN and other countries to a new level.

“We are inching ever closer to a Great Fracture”, as a comment made by Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the Opening Session of the UN General Assembly, the Vietnam-US relationship was evoked by US President Joe Biden as a symbol of reconciliation. a model to overcome the past, for peace and the future.

It seems that no one could have imagined that one day the President of the United States would stand next to the Vietnamese Party General Secretary in Hanoi and declare his commitments to promoting cooperative relations at the highest level. This is a testament to the fact that countries can overcome the past, from rivals to partners in solving challenges and healing wounds.

For Vietnam, cooperation with the UN always holds an important position in the foreign policy of the Party and State in general and in multilateral diplomacy in particular. Since Vietnam became an official member of the UN in 1977, Vietnam - UN cooperation has continuously developed, bringing many meanings and practical results to both sides.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh meets with President of the 78th United Nations General Assembly Dennis Francis in New York on September 20 (local time). (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)

On the journey of participating and cooperating with the UN, Vietnam has increasingly shown itself to be an active, proactive, responsible and effective member, being highly appreciated by the international community and holding great expectations.

Vietnam handles relationships in a balanced way, maintains a peaceful and stable environment and strengthens the country's position, and is trusted by international friends to be elected to many important positions and agencies. Vietnam currently holds many important responsibilities, notably being a member of the UN Human Rights Council (term 2023-2025), and continues to run for a number of positions and agencies of the UN.

Milestone promoting relations with Brazil

In Brazil, at the end of a long trip, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had meetings and discussions with President Lula da Silva and other senior leaders of Brazil, with political parties, social organizations, some state authorities and businesses to help the two sides have new directions in promoting cooperative relations, deepening the Comprehensive Partnership, identifying specific projects and areas of cooperation, thereby bringing the relationship between the two countries into depth, substance and effectiveness.

Regarding the prospects of cooperation between Vietnam and Brazil, Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Pham Thi Kim Hoa said that the potential for economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries is huge. Brazil is also the gateway for Vietnam to enter Latin American markets, just like Vietnam is the gateway for Brazil to enter ASEAN and Asian countries.

As Vietnam's largest trading partner in Latin America, Brazil is the largest economy in this region and always plays an important role in regional cooperation and association organizations. Brazil is also a member of the G20, BRICS and MECOSUR groups.

Combating climate change, developing new energy sources, digital transformation, ensuring energy and food security, regional integration and security, sustainable growth and equality in international relations, etc. These are all areas where the similarity of views between the two sides is very extensive.

Vietnam, Brazil issued Joint Communiqué on Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's official visit to Brazil: Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Photo: VNA)

According to Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Hoa, the two sides can learn from each other, help each other and rely on each other to solve related problems and take advantage of opportunities for mutual development. Vietnam is moving towards negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a group of countries in Latin America and Brazil's support is very important in the negotiation process.

In a policy speech at Georgetown University, USA, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said that the world is facing two choices: passively accepting challenges and risks at a very high price, or proactively adapting to, taking advantage of opportunities, solving challenges, and taking peace, stability and development cooperation as goals, the UN Charter and international law as the foundation, and dialogue and collaboration as tools. In particular, Vietnam chooses the second choice and hopes its partners also choose it, Prime Minister Chinh emphasized.

Perhaps, that is also the message throughout the Prime Minister's multilateral and bilateral trip to the largest multilateral organization on the planet and important partners of Vietnam.






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