Vietnam enhances role in addressing regional and global challenges


VOV.VN - Vietnam’s engagement in the coming expanded G7 summit in Hiroshima at the invitation of the Japanese Prime Minister shows the international community’s acknowledgement of the country’s increased role and position globally, has said Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to the expanded G7 Summit in Hiroshima from May 19-21 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Vietnam is one of eight countries invited by Japan, as the rotating president of the group of seven industrialized countries, to attend the summit in Hiroshima. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia - the incumbent ASEAN Chair – has also been invited, along with Vietnam.

Hieu, in an interview with the press ahead of the summit, noted that Vietnam has been praised internationally for its constructive and responsible contribution to addressing global issues such as sustainable development, climate change response, food security and energy security, among others.

Vietnam has recently adopted comprehensive measures to implement its energy transformation and green and circular economy – based growth models to realize the net zero emissions commitments by 2050.

The National Steering Committee for implementing its COP26 commitments headed by the Prime Minister has been established to mobilise and coordinate recourses.

G7 members have agreed to include Vietnam on the list of priority countries for energy cooperation, presenting an opportunity for the country to access investment, and at the same time strengthen cooperation with G7 countries to transform the economic model and recover its post-pandemic economy, said the ambassador.

In his view, all members of the G7 and the expanded group attach great importance to and wish to strengthen multifaceted cooperation for mutual benefits with Vietnam in order to promote the group’s influence in Southeast Asia in particular and the Asia-Pacific region in general

The diplomat said the Japanese invitation also shows Japan attaches great importance to its extensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, as well as to Vietnam’s role and position in the region. It expects Vietnam will continue to coordinate and support Japan at multilateral forums, and at the same time have an active voice and contribution to resolving common international and regional problems.

Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1973, bilateral relations have developed constantly in many fields, from politics, diplomacy and defense-security to trade, investment, labour, education, culture, health, science and technology, tourism, local cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.

Vietnamese expatriates, the second largest expat community in Japan with nearly 500,000 people, have lived stably in Japan, and have made practical contributions to their host country and bilateral relations.

According to the ambassador, Vietnam - Japan relations have ‘infinite potential’, and the two countries are working closely together to further cement their extensive strategic partnership in future.



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