The European Union (EU) has evaluated discussions during an annual dialogue on human rights with Vietnam as straightforward, constructive, and helpful, Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said.

Hang was replying on January 22 to a reporters’ question on the annual dialogue on human rights between the EU and Vietnam in Brussels, Belgium on January 19.

She said that the EU acknowledged well-rounded progresses that Vietnam has achieved over the past time and expressed hopes for further dialogue in a constructive and mutual understanding spirit.

In a frank and constructive manner, both sides discussed issues of shared concern, including human rights, the freedom of speech, Internet and the press as well as coordination at the United Nations multilateral forums on human rights, she added.-VNA