|Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Mongolian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Batsumber Munkhjin. Photo: VNA
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son hosted a reception in Hanoi on September 23 for Mongolian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Batsumber Munkhjin, who came to Vietnam to co-chair a political consultation between the two foreign ministries.
Son affirmed that Vietnam always treasures and wants to further develop ties with Mongolia.
He suggested the two foreign ministries work as bridges to urge ministries, sectors and localities of Vietnam and Mongolia to increase exchanges and effectively implement bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements, especially in economy, trade and investment, as well as jointly hold celebrations for the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2024 (November 17, 1954-2024).
Munkhjin, for his part, affirmed that the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will actively work with the Vietnamese counterpart and agencies concerned to step up bilateral ties effectively as agreed by senior leaders of the two countries.
|At the 10th political consultation at the deputy foreign ministerial level between Vietnam and Mongolia. Source: mfa.gov.mn
The same day, Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu and Mongolian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Batsumber Munkhjin co-chaired the 10th political consultation between the two foreign ministries.
Both sides said they treasured and wished to further develop bilateral ties in fields that match each country’s conditions and interests, contributing to maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
Vu suggested maintaining the exchange of delegations and meetings at all levels, and paying attention to bolstering ties via Party and parliamentary channels as well as people-to-people exchanges.
Mongolia considers Vietnam a major partner in Southeast Asia, Munkhjin said.
He vowed to jointly hold celebrations for the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2024, further improve the efficiency of defence-security ties and create favourable conditions for representative agencies in Vietnam and Mongolia.
They promised to actively and effectively realise agreements reached at the 18th meeting of the Vietnam-Mongolia Inter-Governmental Committee for Commercial, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in September 2022.
The Vietnam-Mongolia trade hit USD 80.2 million in 2021 and USD 25.9 million in the first four months of this year.
There are about 200 Vietnamese people living and studying in Mongolia.
Vu stressed that Vietnam is a suitable partner to help Mongolia diversify its export-import markets, adding that both sides need to seek opportunities to lift two-way trade in the near future.
He also proposed Mongolia assist Vietnam in sending labourers to work in the country.
The Munkhjin agreed to accelerate talks for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on rice trade between the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Mongolian Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry as soon as possible.
He also consented to further boost bilateral educational and cultural cooperation.
On regional and global issues, the two sides shared the view that disputes in the Bien Dong Sea must be settled by peaceful measures via dialogue and on the basis of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), not use and threaten to use force, and not have acts to complicate the situation.
The Vietnamese side agreed to help Mongolia strengthen cooperation with ASEAN, APEC and other cooperation mechanisms and frameworks.
|At the trade conference. Source: Cong Thuong newspaper
Dozens of Vietnamese and Mongolian businesses in the fields of rice and food business, logistics, transportation, tourism, resort, and information technology participated in a trade conference held on September 23 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, during the visit to Vietnam by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia Munkhjin Batsumber.
Mongolian businesses will also attend a similar conference held in Ho Chi Minh City in the coming days.