17/11/2016 11:54 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam – Ireland Promote Multifaceted Cooperation

President of the Republic of Ireland Michael Daniel Higgins has just wrapped up his successful State-level visit to Vietnam from November 5-14, 2016. The visit was an important opportunity for Vietnam and Ireland to promote cooperation in many fields, especially in the context when the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement is going to be signed and enforced. 
During their meetings, the leaders expressed their satisfaction with the fine development in bilateral relations and agreed to step up cooperationin potential fields, includingtrade-investment, education-training, green technology, renewable energy, agriculture, health, and sustainable development.

The two sides were unanimous in their decision to increase all-levels of delegation exchanges, create favorable conditions for and encourage businesses to cooperate in renewable energy, agriculture and food processing, information-communication, health and aviation.
 


State President Tran Dai Quang receives his Irish counterpart Michael Daniel Higgins at the Presidential Palace. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

State President Tran Dai Quang holds talks with Irish President Higgins. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

The two leaders witness the signing ceremony of cooperation documents between the two countries. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong receives President Higgins. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives President Higgins. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets with President Higgins. Photo: TrongDuc/VNA

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong meets with President Higgins. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA

 
Both nations defined education-training as a focus of cooperation in the future so they will  encourage universities to forge partnerships and boost culture and art exchange activities; maintain the connecting role of the Vietnamese community in Ireland, contributing to speed up bilateral cooperation in other aspects.  President Higgins revealed that Ireland will soon announce a national strategy on development cooperation with Vietnam in the 2017-2020 period.

The two countries agreed on the significance of keeping peace and security and enhancing international cooperation. They said they will continue close coordination at global forums such as the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the ASEAN-EU cooperation framework.  Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides concurred to address disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On the occasion, State President Tran Dai Quang and President Higgins witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between the two countries’ ministries, businesses, and universities in the fields of education-training, wind power, information technology, post and telecommunications, and medical equipment.
 


State President Tran Dai Quang and President Higgins attend an Irish artistic program at the Hanoi Opera House. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA


President Higgins visits and talks to cadres and students of Hanoi National University. Photo: Doan Tan/VNA

President Higgins lays a wreath at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs. Photo: Doan Tan/VNA 

President Higgins witnesses the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between
Vietnamese and Irish partners in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA



President Higgins and his wife visit children ofthe Kids First Village under the RENEW Project in Quang Tri Province. Photo: Tran Tinh/VNA

President Higgins and his wife visit the Mine Action Visitor Centre under the RENEW Project in Quang Tri Province. Photo: Tran Tinh/VNA


President Higgins with doctors and nurses of the medical station- a unit under Programme 135 
in Vinh O Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province. Photo: Tran Tinh/VNA



President Higgins and his wife visit a market of the locals in Vinh O Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province. Photo: Tran Tinh/VNA





 

Major activities of President Higgins in Vietnam
 
During his State-level visit to Vietnam, Irish President Michael Daniel Higgins had a private meeting and held talks with State President Tran Dai Quang; met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. He also attended an artistic programme to celebrate 20 years of the Vietnam – Ireland Friendship; talked to cadres and students of Hanoi National University; laid a wreath at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs; attended an exchange of Vietnamese and Irish enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City; visited some historical relics in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Tri Province. 
 
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