Vietnam, South Africa look to foster wide-ranging ties
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh Minh (R) welcomes South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane (Photo: VNA)
attaches great importance to developing the traditional friendship with South Africa,
the only African country that it has set up the partnership for cooperation and
development with, stated Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham
Binh Minh Minh during his talks with South
Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Hanoi on September
The two sides shared their delight at
positive growth of the bilateral ties over the past years, especially in
politics-diplomacy, trade, defence and mining. They agreed on specific measures
to further bolster the Vietnam-South Africa partnership in the future, thus optimising
advantages of each country.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said she is happy to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 100th birthday of
the African National Congress (ANC)’s late President O.R Tambo who came to Vietnam to learn the country's experience in national
liberation in 1978.
The two sides concurred to continue
increasing delegation exchanges at all levels, especially high level
ones. They said they will encourage and create favourable conditions for
the strengthening of
people-to-people exchanges to foster solidarity and mutual
They agreed on the need to maintain
and promote the efficiency of the Intergovernmental Partnership Forum as well as
the organisation of the forum’s fourth meeting in the first quarter of 2018 as
part of activities to mark the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-South
Africa diplomatic ties.
Vietnam hopes for a visit by the South
African President in 2018, said Minh.
Both sides affirmed their
determination to raise two-way trade value to 2 billion USD per year, while
discussing various measures to complete the target.
Minh proposed that South Africa
consider increasing import of Vietnam’s farm produce, processed food,
footwear, garment and wood.
He also suggested that the two sides soon sign
a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in mining, and making it
easier for the export of coal to Vietnam to meet the country’s demand,
especially for thermal plants.
agriculture, after the success of the tri-party cooperation project on
the productivity of rice and vegetables that Vietnam implemented in the
Guinea Republic in 2008-2014, which was sponsored by South Africa, the
considered to expand the trilateral cooperation model in other African
The Vietnamese FM and
Minister Mashabane also discussed measures to promote cooperation in national
defence, security, law, education-training and science-technology. They agreed
to sign some legal documents in the near future to create a legal corridor for
a more favourable bilateral cooperation.
In addition, both sides committed to supporting each other at
FM Pham Binh Minh thanked South Africa for backing Vietnam to run for a
non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021
expressed his hope that the country will also support Ambassador Pham
Sanh Chau's candidacy for the General Director position of UNESCO in
They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual
concerns, agreeing to foster cooperation between ASEAN and the Southern African
Development Community, the two actively developing regional organisations in Asia
The Vietnamese FM affirmed Vietnam's and ASEAN’s stance to solve disputes,
including those in the East Sea, through peaceful measures in line with international law,
including the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea and asked for the support from South Africa.-VNA