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Vietnam, Italy to boost ties within UN framework

An official of the Italian foreign ministry said at a recent celebration of Vietnam’s 74th National Day (September 2) that in a rules-based international order, the two countries can cooperate within the framework of the United Nations so as to promote the effectiveness of multilateralism.

At the event in Rome on September 12, Luca Sabbatucci, Director General of Global Affairs at the ministry, congratulated Vietnam on its election as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, expressing his hope that the country will actively make contributions to the international community.

Proposing stronger cooperation within the UN framework, he said in an inter-connected and globalised world like it is now, no countries can make unilateral actions.

The official also reviewed the all-round successes in the two nations’ strategic partnership, from politics, economy, security and defence to culture, education and people-to-people exchange.

He noted 2019 has marked a special success in Vietnam-Italy relations with a series of visits to the Southeast Asian country by Italian leaders like Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in June and then Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi in May.

Italy is looking forwards to the upcoming trip by Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien, he added.

In her speech, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Thi Bich Hue said after more than 30 years of reform, Vietnam is now one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it is integrating extensively into the international and regional communities.

In 2020, as the ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Vietnam will continue working closely with all partners to achieve sustainable and meaningful results.

It will also remain a trustworthy friend and partner of all countries around the world as seen through its active contributions to global efforts in many issues of common concern like climate change, peace, security and development, she stressed.

On this occasion, Hue also offered thanks to Italy for its support to Vietnam’s bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council, as well as for the close cooperation in training the peace-keeping force.