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President’s upcoming overseas trip highlights Vietnam’s foreign diplomacy: diplomat

The upcoming trip of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Cuba and New York, the US, have an inclusive target of implementing Vietnam’s external relations policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, diversification and multilateralisation of foreign relations, said Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Hoang Giang.

At the invitation of First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee and Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will pay an official visit to Cuba from September 18 to 20.

Later, from September 21 to 24, the President will attend a general debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session and hold a number of bilateral activities in the US.

He said Phuc’s official visit to Cuba reflected Vietnam’s policy of promoting relations with priority partners and traditional friends. It is an opportunity for Vietnam to affirm its solidarity and strong support for Cuba in a challenging period, Giang noted.

During the visit, Vietnamese and Cuban leaders will discuss to further close coordination and concretise important collaboration areas between the nations, and to deepen their solidarity in the new period.

At the UN general debate, Giang said, Vietnam will send a strong message to international friends about its image of a dynamic and innovative, development-yearning, and peace-loving country with active and responsible contribution to the common work of the United Nations and the international community.

According to him, this is also a chance for Vietnam to show its appreciation for UN member nations for their trust and high confidence in Vietnam as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 term. It also affirms Vietnam's commitments and efforts to achieving more positive results at the UN, UNSC, and UN mechanisms and organisations in the coming time, including its candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the 2023-2025 tenure.

With the attendance, Vietnam will clearly demonstrate its desire to join other nations in tackling current urgent issues, especially the COVID-19 prevention and control.

While in the US, the President will meet many heads of states and partners to exchange measures on pandemic prevention and post-pandemic recovery. At the same time, he will work to promote the support and transfer of COVID-19 vaccines.

The President will met leading vaccine producers of the US, eyeing commitments to fastest delivery of number of COVID-19 vaccines, treatment drugs, and medical supplies for Vietnam as many as possible.

According to Giang, Phuc’s bilateral activities in the US will contribute significantly to boosting cooperation between Vietnam and the new US administration and fostering the growth of the Vietnam – US comprehensive partnership in line with the nations’ common goals and benefits./.