The first meeting of the political affairs
sub-committee of the Joint Committee under the EU-Vietnam Comprehensive
Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA) was held in Hanoi on
At the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The first meeting of the political affairs sub-committee of
Committee under the EU-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation
Framework Agreement (PCA) was held in Hanoi on February 17.
Foreign Minister To Anh Dung and Deputy Managing Director for Asia and
Pacific of the European
External Action Service (EEAS) Paola Pampaloni co-chaired the event,
which took place after the European Parliament ratified the EU-Vietnam Free
Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA)
on February 12.
The two delegation heads rejoiced at active
developments of the Vietnam-EU relations over the past three decades, with
the realisation of outcomes of the first meeting of the Joint Committee in
Hanoi last May, and expressed their hope for deepened comprehensive
Dung suggested the two sides enhance all-level
delegation exchanges and join hands to organise the activities celebrating
the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic ties.
He also called for the early implementation of the
EVFTA and the EVIPA, and appealed to the EU to remove the “yellow card”
warning on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
The two sides also discussed priorities and specific
measures to promote cooperation between Vietnam and the EU across spheres,
along with regional and international issues of shared concern.
Regarding the East Sea issue, they stressed that
disputes must be handled by peaceful measures, in line with international
law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
They backed the maintenance of security and safety
of navigation and aviation, and respect for law in the East Sea, and
emphasised the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s increasing
important role in keeping regional peace and stability.
Vietnam applauded the EU’s role in efforts to
improve the efficiency of global governance and regional connectivity.
Meanwhile, the EU highly valued Vietnam’s
socio-economic achievements as well as its position in the region, hoped for
further coordination to beef up ASEAN-EU and EU-Vietnam relations, and
agreed to strengthen collaboration in global issues, thus contributing to
peace and development in the region and the world at large./.