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Vietnam raises 3 cooperation focuses at BRICS dialogue in Russia

Vietnam raises 3 cooperation focuses at BRICS dialogue in Russia

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 20:32 GMT+7
Vietnam raises 3 cooperation focuses at BRICS dialogue in Russia
Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Hang (second row, L, 1st) and other participants in the BRICS Dialogue with Developing Countries in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, June 11, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Hang delivered a speech at the BRICS Dialogue with Developing Countries in Russia on Tuesday, proposing three focuses for boosting cooperation between the bloc and developing nations.

The event opened in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, gathering the foreign ministers of 10 BRICS member countries, namely Russia, China, India, South Africa, Brazil, the UAE, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Egypt, along with foreign ministers and deputy ministers from 12 guest countries, including Thailand, Laos, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Cuba, and Vietnam, among others.

The dialogue was part of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs / International Relations Meeting, hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov from June 10 to 11 in the same location.

In his opening remarks, Lavrov hoped that BRICS, an intergovernmental organization, would further strengthen coordination with developing countries to promote global cooperation and build a more balanced and equal global governance system.

Many other delegates emphasized the importance of multilateralism in international dialogue and cooperation, and called for enhancing the role and voice of developing countries and promoting cooperation between BRICS and its partners, especially developing nations, in ensuring global security, stability, sustainable development, and economic growth.

Speaking at the dialogue, Deputy FM Hang commented that the bloc, with its achievements over nearly two decades, has the potential to play an increasingly greater role in spurring dialogue and coordinating international efforts to address global challenges.

In the context of the world undergoing profound and complex transformation, Hang proposed three focuses for cooperation between BRICS and developing countries in the coming time.

Firstly, it is needed to beef up multilateral cooperation in which the central role of the United Nations should be reinforced to build trust between countries and to resolve disputes by peaceful means based on the principles of the United Nations Charter as well as international law.

Another focus is to enhance the role of developing countries in governance and the implementation of global development agendas by providing them with opportunities to access breakthrough technological achievements, expand economic integration, and benefit from an open, fair, inclusive, and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system. 

The last focus is to strengthen the resilience, adaptability, and capacity of developing countries in addressing global challenges.

Hang also recommended that BRICS coordinate closely with its partners, especially developing countries, to promote global climate actions, contribute to ensuring global food security and safety, and prevent and respond to natural disasters and epidemics.

The Vietnamese diplomat told the dialogue that Vietnam consistently implements a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization, and diversification of external relations, while staying ready as a friend, a trusted partner, and an active and responsible member of the international community.

Vietnam is promoting high-quality economic development, giving priority to green and sustainable growth, and enhancing self-reliance, with people put at the heart of development strategies.

The country is ready to actively contribute to the activities of global, inter-regional, and regional cooperation organizations and mechanisms for peace, cooperation, and development, stated Hang. 

Noting that Vietnam will host the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) summit in 2025, the deputy minister expressed her desire to cooperate with other countries to promote global efforts for green growth and sustainable development. 

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Vinh Tho - Duy Linh / Tuoi Tre News

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