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Regular Press Conference


I. ANNOUNCEMENT

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Spouse pay an official visit to Thailand Aug. 17-19

At the invitation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha of the Kingdom of Thailand, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Spouse are paying an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from August 17 to 19, 2017. This is PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s first official visit to Thailand as the Prime Minister of Viet Nam.

The visit is aimed at strengthening further the traditional friendship and the Strategic Partnership between Viet Nam and Thailand.

The two PMs sides will review and discuss recent bilateral cooperation activities, lay out future directions and measures to promote cooperation in the time to come. They will also discuss international and regional issues of mutual concern.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc will hold talks with PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha, pay a call on a Thai Royal representative, meet with President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand and President of Thailand – Viet Nam Friendship Association. The PM will also attend and speak at the Viet Nam – Thailand Business Forum in Bangkok, the Forum of Vietnamese Thai Businesses and Thai Businesses from North East. The PM will attend the opening of the Vietnamese Goods Week in the province of Nakhon Phanom and meet with the Vietnamese community in Thailand.

Turkish PM to pay an official visit to Viet Nam Aug. 22-23

At the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım of Turkey will pay an official visit to Viet Nam from Aug. 22 – 23, 2017. PM Binali Yıldırım’s visit to Viet Nam will further promote and deepen the multi-faceted bilateral cooperation and relations between Viet Nam and Turkey.

PM Binali Yıldırım is expected to hold talks with PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, pay a call on Viet Nam’s senior leaders and attend the Viet Nam – Turkey Business Forum.

The two sides will discuss measures to strengthen cooperation in economics, trade, investment, science, technology, agriculture, environment, tourism and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will pay an official visit to Viet Nam from Aug. 24-27 Viet Nam - UNESCO cooperation has seen fine and effective development across all fields, including education, natural science, social science, information, communication and culture. During the visit, the two sides will discuss on the enhancement of cooperation between Viet Nam and UNESCO and the implementation of Viet Nam – UNESCO MOU 2016 - 2020, and thus recommending concrete areas for cooperation.

On this occasion, UNESCO and Ministry of Science and Technology are expected to sign the Agreement on the establishment a UNESCO Category 2 Center of Mathematics and Physics.

Director-General Irina Bokova is expected to pay a call on Viet Nam’s senior leaders, visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The 3rd APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings (SOM3) will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from Aug. 18 to 30, 2017

SOM3 is of crucial importance as it affirms the determination of APEC countries to strengthen cooperation and create momentum for growth and connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region. SOM3 will further the implementation of APEC cooperation priorities in 2017. SOM3 and related meetings are of decisive significance in defining the working plan, agenda and documents that will be submitted to the APEC Ministers and Leaders during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week this November.

Within its framework, SOM3 includes 75 meetings of four Committees, 26 Working and Sub-Working Groups. Highlight events are:

(i) High-Level Policy Dialogue on Health and Economy and related meetings of the Working Group on Health – dated Aug. 23

(ii) Seniors Officials’ Dialogue on FTAs and RTAs in the region – dated Aug. 27 August. The dialogue will focus on exchange of experience and information on FTA- and RTA-related matters.

(iii) Seminar on Promoting Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion – dated Aug. 28. The seminar, an initiative by Viet Nam, will discuss promotion of inclusive growth and APEC agenda on inclusive development promotion.

(iv) SOM3 – dated Aug. 29-30 – will discuss preparation for APEC Economic Leaders’ Week 2017, implementation of the priorities of APEC 2017, and discuss the progress of the said implementation at the Committees and Working groups.

The Food Security Week and High-level Policy Dialogue on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Response to Climate Change will take place in Can Tho from Aug. 21 to 25. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam is the host of the event.

II. Q&A:

The U.S. State Department has just released the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016. What is Viet Nam’s reaction to this report?

Viet Nam’s consistent policy is to respect and protect the freedom of belief and of religion, of following any religion or following non. This is enshrined in the Vietnamese Constitution and law, safeguarded and respected in practice. It is the policy that contributes to making up rich and vivid religious life and beliefs in Viet Nam.

Vietnamese law strictly prohibits any discrimination against its citizens for his or her beliefs or religions. Viet Nam has been putting in place concrete policies and measures, including the Law on Belief and Religion adopted by the National Assembly in November 2016 and effective in January 2018, to ensure that our people shall fully enjoy the rights to freedom of religion and belief.

We take note the report had points modified to come close to the true picture in Viet Nam.  It is, however, regrettable that it still delivers a number of biased judgments, citing misinformation about Viet Nam.

It has been on the international news that Viet Nam just received some Brahmos missiles from India. Could you please confirm that information?

The Viet Nam – India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has been actively developing in many fields, economics, trade, investment, culture, education, security and defense. The bilateral security and defense ties have been making practical contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large.

It should be emphasized that Viet Nam persistently pursues a national defense policy of peace and of self-defense. Procurement of defense equipment by Viet Nam is consistent with the policy of peace and self-defense and is the normal practice in the national defense.

We will forward your question to the relevant agency.

 
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