Vietnam, Chile Presidents discuss measures to forge bilateral ties
President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria (Source: VNA)
President Tran Dai Quang
and Chilean President Michelle
Bachelet Jeria discussed orientations and measures to enhance friendship
and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries during their talks in
Hanoi on November 9.
The talks took place following a welcome ceremony for Chile’s President
Michelle Bachelet Jeria who is on a State visit to Vietnam from November 8-9.
President Quang spoke highly of the Chilean Government’s close coordination and
active support for Vietnam’s hosting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
2017 as well as the organisation of the ongoing APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in
central Da Nang city.
“Vietnam attaches importance and wishes to deepen the comprehensive partnership
with Chile,” he stressed.
President Bachelet extended her deep sympathy to Vietnamese leaders and people
over great human and property losses caused by recent typhoon Damrey, downpours
and floods in Vietnam’s central region.
She noted that Chile considers Vietnam an important partner in Asia-Pacific,
and congratulated the country on its contributions to APEC development through
hosting APEC 2017.
The two leaders commented on the fruitful comprehensive partnership over the
past years across fields, ranging from politics to trade, which has grown from
30-40 percent annually since the Vietnam-Chile Free Trade Agreement took effect
on January 1, 2014. In 2016, bilateral trade value reached 1.1 billion USD,
increasing more than two times over 2013. In the first nine months of this
year, the figure was close to 960 million USD, up 29 percent against the same
period last year.
President Quang used the occasion to thank the Chilean Government for
supporting Vietnam’s candidacy to the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.
Host and guest agreed to maintain the exchange of delegations at levels among sectors,
localities and businesses, and such mechanisms as the bilateral free trade
council and political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level.
The two countries will also work to complete a legal framework for bilateral
cooperation and create the best possible conditions for their businesses to
access the respective markets.
At the same time, they will establish trade and investment ties in agro-fishery
production and processing, high-tech agriculture, mining, bio-technology and
climate change response, while facilitating export and import of farm produce.
They consented to step up collaboration in culture, science-technology,
education-training, tourism and other spheres.
Vietnam and Chile agreed to boost their collaboration at international
organisations multilateral forums, especially the UN, the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), APEC, negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement
and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), along with promoting
cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance (AP) in an effective and
Talking about regional and international issues of shared concern, the two
Presidents noted their support for settling sovereignty and territorial
disputes by peaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law,
particularly the UN Charter and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea (UNCLOS), as well as diplomatic and legal processes.
President Bachelet invited President Quang to pay a State visit to Chile in the
time ahead. The Vietnamese President accepted the invitation with pleasure.
Following their talks, the two Presidents signed the Vietnam-Chile joint
statement and witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements,
including a Governmental-level memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation
in caring children and adolescents who are Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin victims in
Vietnam; an agreement on income activities for relatives of diplomats and
employees of consulates, representative offices and international
organisations; and a MoU on cooperation between the two countries’ academies of
They then met with the press to inform outcomes of their talks.
Also on November 9, President Quang hosted a banquet in Hanoi for President
Bachelet and her entourage.-VNA