Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The tour of Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has been a success in both bilateral and multilateral aspects, opening up prospects for cooperation between Vietnam and international organisations and the three European nations.

The remark was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc when interviewed by the Vietnam News Agency on the visit.

Deputy FM Ngoc said that during her trip from June 9-17, Thinh attended the 26th Global Summit of Women and the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and had a working session with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Secretary General Martin Chungong.

She met with the leaders of Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, as well as local businesses and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the three countries.

At the Global Summit of Women in Poland, Thinh was invited to deliver speeches at both opening and closing ceremonies, in which she introduced foreign friends to Vietnam’s consistent policy on gender equality and promotion of women’s advancement as well as women’s role in and contributions to the nation’s construction and development.

She also updated participants at the UNHRC session on the drought and saline intrusion situation in the central, Central Highlands and southern regions of Vietnam as well as the country’s efforts to ensure human rights and implement its sustainable development goals.

According to the Deputy FM, this was the first trip to Central and Western Europe made by a Vietnamese leader after the 12 th National Party Congress, showing that Vietnam attaches importance to and actively boosts relations with its three traditional and important partners in the region.

During the meetings, the leaders of the countries discussed specific and practical measures to further promote bilateral relations with the Vietnamese Vice President.

On the East Sea issue, they expressed their concern and shared the viewpoint of addressing disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, in order to maintain peace, stability and maritime security and safety in the region.

They showed their belief in Vietnam’s development potential, hoping for more intensive collaboration in numerous fields, especially in addressing difficulties for the European countries’ investment projects in Vietnam, Ngoc added.-VNA