The eighth meeting of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint
Working Group took place at the Vatican on August 21-22.
At the seventh meeting of the Vietnam-Vatican Joint
Working Group in Hanoi in 2018 (Photo: VNA)
The event was co-chaired by Deputy Foreign
MinisterTo Anh Dung, head of the Vietnamese delegation, and Deputy Foreign
MinisterAntoine Camilleri, head of the Vatican delegation.
At the meeting, the two sides discussed in
depthabout the relations between Vietnam and Vatican, including issues
related tothe Vietnam Catholic Church.
They recognised the positive development in
thebilateral relations, especially the increasing regular exchanges between
thetwo sides, as seen through the 7th meeting of the Vietnam-VaticanJoint
Working Group in December 2018 in Hanoi and consultations between
theVietnamese inter-sectoral working groups and the Vatican’s non-resident
SpecialEnvoy Archbishop Marek Zalewski.
The Vietnamese side affirmed that the State
ofVietnam has consistently implemented and continuously improved the policy
ofrespecting and ensuring the freedom of belief and religion of people as
well ascreating the best possible conditions for the Vietnamese Catholic
community tooperate and develop.
The Vatican side appreciated the Vietnamese
State’sattention to the Catholic Church and reiterated the hope that the
VietnameseCatholic community will follow the motto of good Catholics being
good citizensand make active contributions to the country’s development and
prosperity,implement well the Church’s teachings, and abide by Vietnam’s
Discussing Catholic activities, the two sidesagreed
on measures to promote the bilateral relations, focusing on perfectingthe
operational regulations of the Vatican’s resident special envoy and
theresident special envoy office in Vietnam so as to implement them as soon
They agreed to uphold the spirit of dialoguebased on
respecting the agreed principles and emphasised the need to increaseall-level
delegation exchanges, especially at high level, in the coming time.
During their stay in Vatican, the
Vietnamesedelegation paid courtesy calls to Pope Francis, Secretary of State
CardinalPietro Parolin andForeign Minister Paul Gallagher.-VNA