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British diplomat rejoices at development of UK-Vietnam ties

British Minister of State for Asia Nigel Adams on June 22 hosted a reception for newly-appointed Vietnamese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Nguyen Hoang Long.

Adams welcomed Long taking his new mission as Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK at a time when bilateral relations are growing fruitfully.

He expressed his delight at significant development steps of the bilateral relationship over the past years and thanked Vietnam for supporting the UK to become a Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

The new ambassador, for his part, said Vietnam is committed to implementing the “Joint Declaration on UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership: Forging ahead for Another 10 Years,” in order to beef up the bilateral cooperation in all areas in a more practical and effective manner, and to promote the implementation of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA).

Long held that Vietnam and the UK should step up collaboration in multiple fields, including politics, diplomacy, defence, security, economy, trade, education, and culture, as the two nations are heading towards the celebration of the 50th founding anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2023.

On the occasion, he asked Adams to help Vietnam gain access to COVID-19 vaccine supplies, production technology and medicine for COVID-19 treatment.

The British official affirmed that Vietnam is in the UK’s priority list of COVID-19 vaccine access.

He wished Long success during his term of office in the UK and pledged to stand ready to assist the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Vietnam in the UK in deploying priority foreign affairs./.