16:15 | 04/01/2018 MUTRAP Corner
Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field, who is on a visit to Vietnam from January 4 for the Vietnam-UK Strategic Dialogue this week, said the UK wants to further develop the bilateral strategic partnership cooperation.
|Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field - Photo: gov.uk|
According to the British Embassy in Vietnam, during his visit, Foreign Office Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field will chair the 6th Vietnam-UK Strategic Dialogue with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son. Two sides will discuss many issues including trade, investment, education, research and innovation as well as global challenges such as cooperation on UN peacekeeping operations, tackling human trafficking and the illegal wildlife trade.
Mark Field will also meet with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh to talk about implementing the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement as well as ensuring that UK trade and investment with Vietnam is strong and free after the UK leaves the European Union.
"I’m looking forward to my visit and the talks we will have. But, when I leave, I hope those talks will help to fuel the energy and creativity of those involved in public and well as government diplomacy. If this happens, 2018 will be a year where the UK-Vietnam bilateral relationship positively impacts people’s lives in Vietnam, in Asia and the world at large", the UK Foreign Office Minister said.
This year marks 25 years since the British Council opened its offices in Vietnam as part of building relations through culture and education. And it also marks 45 years since the UK and Vietnam initiated Ambassadorial relations. The two sides will be celebrating this in Vietnam throughout 2018 with a strong focus on education, creativity and innovation. The aim is to bring together a wide range of people and talents and to celebrate the best of what the UK and Vietnam has to offer..