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Tue, 09/12/2023 - 18:28
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Potential for Vietnam - UK cooperation enomous: Ambassador

London, September 12 (VNA) – Vietnam and the UK have harvested numerous significant cooperation achievements over the last 50 years, and their cooperation potential remains huge, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long. Among the cooperation achievements, the most important is that the two sides have set up frameworks for comprehensive and concrete cooperation in various spheres, he told the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic ties (September 11, 1973 - 2023), In 2010, they signed a joint statement on establishing a strategic partnership. In 2020, a new joint statement on the strategic partnership was released, identifying seven priority areas: politics - diplomacy; trade - investment - business; sustainable development and growth; education - training and science - technology; defence, security, and organised crime fight; people-to-people ties; and international affairs. The countries also affirmed that they will work to elevate bilateral relations to a higher level in the subsequent 10 years, Long noted. The ambassador held that bilateral cooperation potential remains huge, particularly in the fields matching the UK’s strength and Vietnam’s demand. In terms of trade and investment, both economies boast high degrees of openness and complementarity. After Brexit – the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, this country wishes to become more connected with the Indo-Pacific. Therefore, Vietnam should further capitalise on these opportunities and potential, he elaborated. There is also much cooperation potential in education and science - technology, so it is necessary to maintain and expand scholarship programmes such as Chevening, increase the reception of Vietnamese students in the UK, and boost the Newton Programme Vietnam. Regarding climate change fight, at the 26th United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in 2021, the Vietnamese Government announced the commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. In 2022, the G7 countries, Norway, Denmark, and Vietnam adopted the Political Declaration on Establishing the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), which was a great effort by the parties concerned, including the UK, to mobilise 15.5 billion USD for reforming and creating a framework for developing renewable energy in Vietnam. Long perceived that this will be an important field of cooperation between the two countries in the time ahead. To further enhance bilateral relations, the two countries should increase high-level mutual visits to create a new impulse for their ties; continue effectively implementing the signed cooperation frameworks, including the UK - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA), the JETP, and cooperation mechanisms in education, science - technology, security, defence; and build and approve detailed action plans to realise their commitments and cooperation priorities in the coming time, he noted. This year, as the diplomatic ties turn 50, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK is planning to hold 50 events of cultural exchanges, trade and investment promotion, educational cooperation, and peopleto-people ties across the European nation, including photo exhibitions on the 50 years of bilateral relations; the Vietnam Days in London; and the Meet Vietnam events in Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In particular, the embassy has oraganised a series of events to revisit the British places where President Ho Chi Minh used to stay in during his overseas journey to seek ways to save the homeland, according to the diplomat./.