Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Saturday met with U.S. President Joe Biden and his counterparts from other countries at an expanded summit of the Group of Seven (G7) countries in Japan.
The Vietnamese Cabinet leader told President Biden that the Vietnam-U.S. bilateral ties have increasingly shown positive signs, with economic and trade cooperation being the focus.
Biden spoke highly of the outcomes of the phone talks with Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
The two leaders also exchanged ideas on several measures to boost the bilateral ties as well as other international and regional issues of mutual concern.
In addition, they agreed to maintain the exchange of all-level delegations.
|Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) and U.S. President Joe Biden pose for a photo at the expanded G7 summit. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
At the event, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son met with his U.S. counterpart Anthony Blinken.
Son and Blinken exchanged views on measures to speed up the implementation of agreements signed by high-ranking officials of the two nations.
The expanded G7 summit opened on Saturday afternoon in Hiroshima, Japan, with the participation of the leaders of the G7 countries, eight guest nations, and some international institutions.
PM Chinh attended and gave two important speeches at the expanded sessions of the summit, receiving positive feedback from the country leaders.
On Sunday, the G7 leaders were scheduled to join the third expanded session, themed 'Toward a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous World.'
Apart from President Biden, the head of the Vietnamese government met with his counterparts from the UK, Germany, Australia, and Italy, namely Rishi Sunak, Olaf Scholz, Anthony Albanese, and Giorgia Meloni.
|Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) meets with his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
PM Chinh also met with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and President of the European Council Charles Michel.
During the meeting between PM Chinh and the European Council president, the former requested Michel to push the parliaments of European Council member nations to soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
Chinh also proposed the European Council raise its voice for the European Commission to soon remove its yellow-card warning related to illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing against Vietnam’s seafood exports and continue to support Vietnam in the transition to a modern and sustainable fishing industry.
The Vietnamese leader hoped that the EU and its member states would continue supporting Vietnam in attracting resources to execute the Statement on the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP).
For his part, Michel hailed Vietnam’s efforts in the corruption fight.
As for the IUU yellow card, Michel affirmed that the EU strongly supports Vietnam in green transition and JETP implementation.
|Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (L) shakes hands with President of the European Council Charles Michel. Photo: Duong Giang / Tuoi Tre|