Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) receives Chair of APEC Vision Group Allan Wagner (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on November 30 welcomed Allan Wagner, who is Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Vision Group and former Foreign Minister of Peru, who is in Hanoi to attend a conference on Vietnam’s 20-year APEC membership.

Minh expressed his delight at the positive development in Vietnam-Peru relations over the past few years, affirming that Vietnam attaches great importance to intensifying and expanding its comprehensive cooperation with Peru, especially in terms of economics, trade, and investment.

Appreciating the role of Peru and Allan Wagner as the APEC Vision Group’s Chair, he suggested that both sides continue coordinating closely in building new orientations for APEC cooperation after 2020.

Wagner spoke of Vietnam’s role in and contributions to the forum over the past two decades, particularly the success of the APEC Year 2017.

He agreed to continue boosting the two countries’ relations and maintaining their coordination at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations and the APEC, as well as in implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Wagner also committed to fostering the collaboration between Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with Latin American nations.

He appreciated the role of Vietnam in initiating the establishment of the APEC Vision Group at the 2017 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, as well as the country’s contributions as the group’s Vice Chair.

Both sides reached a consensus on close coordination to build a new APEC vision to boost free and open trade and investment, alongside regional economic linkages and maintaining the role of the Asia-Pacific region as a driving force for global economic growth and connectivity. –VNA