Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son meets foreign counterparts in New York

Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son met with his counterparts from Cuba, Thailand, India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, and Algeria in New York city on September 22.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Parrilla (Photo: VNA)
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Parrilla (Photo: VNA)

He is accompanying President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during a trip to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

At the meetings, the ministers informed about their respective countries’ socio-economic situation and pledged to enhance cooperation in politics - diplomacy, economy, trade, investment, tourism, and the COVID-19 fight, especially in terms of vaccine.

They also affirmed coordination and mutual support at important international forums. In particular, the countries said they will advocate Vietnam’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council in the 2023 - 2025 tenure.

Talking to Cuban FM Bruno Parrilla, Son thanked Cuba for its coordination to successfully organise President Phuc’s official visit, highly valuing the country’s collaboration with Vietnam in COVID-19 prevention and control, especially the presentation of its Abdala vaccine right in the freshly finished tour.

Parrilla appreciated Vietnam’s solidarity and strong and timely support for Cuba in the current trying time.

Meanwhile, the FMs of Vietnam and Thailand emphasised that their countries will augment vaccine cooperation and share experience in recovering socio-economic development in the “new normal”.

The two sides also agreed to hold a meeting of the joint committee for bilateral cooperation via teleconference early so as to foster relations.

Meeting with the Indian FM, the Vietnamese official spoke highly of India’s provision of medical equipment and COVID-19 drugs for Vietnam, asking the two countries to work closely together to mark the 50th founding anniversary of bilateral ties. He also called on India to facilitate Vietnamese goods’ access to its market.