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The 16th Regular Press Conference 2015


I. ANNOUNCEMENTS
+ 14th meeting of Viet Nam - Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural, Science and Technology Cooperation
The 14th meeting of the Viet Nam - Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural, Science and Technology Cooperation will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on 18 and 19 October 2015. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Viet Nam – Cambodia Cooperation and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong, Chairman of Sub-Committee on Cambodia - Viet Nam Cooperation, will co-chair the meeting.
This meeting aims at further strengthening cooperation mechanisms between the two governments, reviewing and exchanging measures to promote the friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries as well as to address outstanding issues in the bilateral relations. The two sides will also exchange views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.
+  8th meeting of Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Viet Nam  and the Philippines
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Albert Del Rosario will co-chair the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Viet Nam and the Philippines in Ha Noi on 21 October 2015.      
The meeting aims at reviewing the implementation of the agreements reached at the 7th meeting held in Manila in July 2013, discussing measures to promote cooperation in a wide range of areas including economy, trade, investment, education and training, as well as exchanging views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.
+ German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs to pay official visit to Viet Nam
At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank Walter Steinmeier will pay an official visit to Viet Nam from 22 to 24 October 2015.
This visit offers opportunities for both sides to consolidate and strengthen the Viet Nam – Germany Strategic Partnership, especially as the two countries are celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations. On this occasion, the two sides will also exchange views on measures to strengthen cooperation, especially in boosting exports and attracting investment, in science - technology, electrical and electronic industries, renewable energy, infrastructure, etc. The two sides will also exchange views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.
During the visit, Mr. Frank Walter Steinmeier will pay courtesy calls to the Vietnamese leaders, attend the opening ceremony of the German Job Fair and the groundbreaking ceremony of the German House in Ho Chi Minh City.
+ Czech Foreign Minister to pay official visit to Viet Nam
At the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek will pay an official visit to Viet Nam from 21 to 24 October 2015.
During the visit, the two sides will discuss measures to further enhance the traditional friendship and co-operation, especially in politics, diplomacy, trade-investment, development cooperation, education-training, science-technology, etc. The two sides will also discuss international and regional issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Lubomir Zaoralek will pay courtesy calls to leaders of Viet Nam, attend the Viet Nam-Czech Republic Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City.
II. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Answering reporters' question on Viet Nam’s reaction to the newly published 2014 International Religious Freedom Report by the US State Department mentioning the situation of religious freedom in Viet Nam, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated:
“It is Viet Nam’s consistent policy to respect and ensure citizens’ rights to belief and religious as well as non-belief and non-religious freedom. These rights are guaranteed by the Vietnamese Constitution and law as well as respected and enforced in reality.
The law prohibits discrimination against a person because of his or her belief and religion. The Vietnamese State has implemented concrete policies and measures towards fully ensuring the freedom of belief and religion. These efforts contribute to a diverse and vibrant religious life in Viet Nam.
Despite its acknowledgement of Viet Nam’s achievements in ensuring religious freedom, the US State Department's 2014 International Religious Freedom Report continues to make partial assessments and cites erroneous information about Viet Nam.”

 
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