10/11/2015 16:55 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

The Italian President Supports Vietnam’s Peaceful Stance on the East Sea Issue

President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella paid a successful state visit to Vietnam from November 5-8, 2015. This was the first visit by an Italian President to Vietnam since the two countries established their diplomatic relationship, marking an important development in the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership.
Within the framework of the visit, President Sergio Mattarella held talks with State President Truong Tan Sang; paid a courtesy call on Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and attended the Vietnam-Italy Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City as well as many other important events.

During talks and meetings, the two sides concurred with measures to spur bilateral relations in the future. They also encouraged a connection between the two countries’ enterprises, to promote cooperation in areas of strengths such as manufacturing mechanics, textile and garment, footwear, wood processing, support industries, construction materials, energy, agriculture and food processing, pharmaceuticals, and oil and gas, among others.


State President Truong Tan Sang receives President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Nguyen Khang – VNA 


The welcoming ceremony for President Sergio Mattarella is solemnly held at the Presidential Palace.
Photo: Trong Duc – VNA 



State President Truong Tan Sang holds talks with President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Nguyen Khang – VNA


State President Truong Tan Sang and President Sergio Mattarella witness the Signing Ceremony of
the 2015-2016 Action Plan for the implementation of the Vietnam-Italy Strategic Partnership.
Photo: Nguyen Khang – VNA

Regarding regional issues, the two countries exchanged their views on reefs embellishments, which causes harm to peace, stability, and aviation and navigation security and safety in the East Sea, where major and busy maritime routes connecting European and East Asia run through.

Accordingly, the Italian President affirmed that his country supports Vietnam’s position in the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law to maintain navigation and aviation freedom as well as ensure safety and security in the region.


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong receives President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Tri  Dung – VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Duc Tam – VNA


National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with President Sergio Mattarella. Photo: Trong Duc – VNA


President Sergio Mattarella attends and addresses the Vietnam - Italy Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City.
Photo: Thanh Vu – VNA



President Sergio Mattarella visits the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam built  945 years ago, in Hanoi.
Photo: Trong Duc – VNA

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