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Vietnam president attending Asian-African Conference dedicated to peace, prosperity

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 17:03 GMT+7
Vietnam president attending Asian-African Conference dedicated to peace, prosperity
Indonesian President Joko Widodo shakes hands with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (R) at the 2015 Asian-African Conference opening in Jakarta on April 22, 2015.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang is leading a delegation to take part in the 2015 Asian-African Conference (AAC) that opened in Jakarta on Wednesday, with its theme being “Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity.” The president’s participation in the three-day event, also known as the Bandung Conference, was made at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The conference gathers 91 delegations from 91 countries in Asia and Africa, 17 observer countries, and 25 international organizations. Of these attendees, 23 are heads of state and prime ministers, seven vice presidents, six deputy prime ministers, and more than 30 ministers. Today, besides attending the AAC plenary sessions, President Sang is slated to have a series of bilateral meetings with other countries’ leaders on the sidelines, focusing on promoting cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and those nations. The Vietnamese delegation is also scheduled to attend the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian-African Conference and the 10th anniversary of the New Strategic Asian-African Partnership. The first Asian-African Conference was held in Bandung City, Indonesia from April 18 to 24, 1955, gathering leaders from 29 Asian and African countries. This conference issued 10 principles that laid a solid foundation for relations among nations from the two continents, including respect for national sovereignty and international law, peaceful settlement of disputes, and promotion of cooperation, among others, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

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