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The 4th Regular Press Conference 2016

1. Conference on Enhancing Comprehensive Asia – Europe Partnership in 21st Century
 Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ASEM (1996 – 2016), MOFA will hold a conference themed “Enchancing the Comprehensive Asia – Europe Partnership in the 21st Century” on 20 April 2016 in Ha Noi. Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh will attend the conference and deliver the opening speech.
As one of ASEM founding members, Viet Nam sees ASEM as the largest and most important inter-governmental dialogue forum between Asia and Europe, which help foster the regional and international cooperation and linkage. The upcoming conference will review the cooperation within ASEM framework over the past 20 years, opportunities and challenges faced by ASEM members given the new developments in both Asia and Europe, ASEM cooperation vision for the next decade, and recommendations for promoting comprehensive Asia – Europe partnership in the 21st century, as well as improving the effectiveness of Viet Nam’s contribution to ASEM.
2. First meeting of Project “Network of FEALAC Cultural Cities”
The first meeting of the “Network of FEALAC Cultural Cities” project will be held from 28 to 30 April 2016 in Hue City.
The project “Network of FEALAC Cultural Cities” is Viet Nam’s initiative, proposed and approved in the 7th FEALAC Foreign Ministers Meeting in 2015. The first meeting of the project will focus on two key points: (i) discussing “cultural heritage and sustainable development”; (ii) establishing the “network of FEALAC cultural cities”, as well as enhancing exchanges, experience sharing and cooperation in cultural matters, heritage conservation and sustainable development.
Answering questions on China’s announcement to continue its water discharge from Jinghong Hydropower Station into the downstream region of the Mekong River, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said:
“On 11 April 2016, China, through diplomatic channel, notified us on its plan to adjust the amount of water discharge from Jinghong Hydropower Station at 1,200 m3/s from 11 to 20 April 2016 according to the upstream water amount and power supply requirements. From 21 April 2016 to the end of this dry season, the Station will continue to discharge water to Mekong River downstream.
According to relevant authorities, since China and Laos started discharging water from hydropower dams, the water level in Viet Nam’s Mekong Delta has increased, helping alleviate the drought and saltwater intrusion.
We highly appreciate the efforts by China, Laos and relevant countries towards sustainable use of Mekong River water resources and, thus, ensuring harmonized interests of relevant countries and the livelihood of people in the region.”
Answering questions on Viet Nam’s reaction to the recent G7 Foreign Ministers’ Joint Statement, which expressed concerns over the situation in the East Sea and the East China Sea, MOFA Spokesperson Le Hai Binh stated:
“Viet Nam welcomes the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Joint Statement on Maritime Security, which aims at the common goals of maintaining security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation, maritime security, and UNCLOS 1982. Viet Nam calls for practical contribution to the maintenance of peace, stability, and respect for the law of the seas and oceans.”
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