Hai Phong keen to cooperate with Uruguay

(VOV) -Chairman of the People’s Council and Secretary of the Party Committee of Hai Phong Duong Anh Dien received Speaker of Uruguay’s Lower House Anibal Pereyra on January 20 Dien said that Hai Phong is focusing on socio-economic development and expanding cooperation with other countries including Uruguay. He said he hoped that Uruguay and Vietnam and Hai Phong in particular will continue to bolster friendship and cooperation in trade, investment, and economics. … [Read more...]

Hai Phong wants to cooperate with Uruguay

(VOVworld) – Chairman of the People’s Council and Secretary of the Party Committee of Hai Phong Duong Anh Dien received Speaker of Uruguay’s Lower House Anibal Pereyra on Tuesday. Dien said that Hai Phong is focusing on socio-economic development and expanding cooperation with other countries including Uruguay. He said he hoped that Uruguay and Vietnam and Hai Phong in particular will continue to bolster friendship and cooperation in trade, investment, and economics. … [Read more...]

Belgian investment in Hai Phong city recognised

Chairman of the People's Committee of the northern port city of Hai Phong Duong Anh Dien has emphasised the important role of Belgium in investment cooperation with the city. The city's official made the remark at a working session with a visiting Belgian economic delegation, led by Crown Prince Philippe, in the city on March 14. The city's Dinh Vu Industrial Zone, in which Belgian enterprises have invested, is considered an example of investment cooperation between Belgian and other partners, Dien said. He said he hoped that Belgium will continue with cooperation at a new level with Vietnam and Hai Phong city in particular, to help turn the city into a modern industrial one before 2020. Prince Philippe said this is the largest delegation to visit the city so far, with the presence of 40 businesses involved in seaport management and development and other economic fields. The prince said he hopes that Belgian businesses operating in the city will contribute to the time-honoured … [Read more...]

UNSC calls emergency meeting on Israeli-Lebanon conflict

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A UNSC emergency meeting on Israel. Photo: AP (VOVworld) - The UN Security Council called an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the surge of violence on the Israeli-Lebanon border, diplomats confirmed. The renewed tensions started after an Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights, near Syria's Quneitra border crossing with Israel, which resulted in the deaths of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general on Wednesday. Following the death of Hezbollah fighters, UNIFIL mission in southern Lebanon said it had witnessed six rockets fired towards Israel from southern Lebanon and Israeli forces firing in return. Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, told the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a letter that Israel will take all necessary measures to defend itself against Hezbollah. … [Read more...]

Prime Minister attends ceremony marking patriotic emulation drive

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Patriotic emulation movement has been enthusiastically responded by people of all strata throughout 65 years and was an important driving force behind the country's immense achievements in various fields. The remarks were made by Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, during a solemn ceremony on June 9 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's Appeal for Patriotic Emulation (June 11, 1948-2013) and the 5th anniversary of Traditional Day for Patriotic Emulation (June 11, 2008-2013). The event saw the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who is also President of the Central Emulation and Reward Council, and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Le Hoang Quan, among others. In recounting the late President's call and his launched emulation movements, Chairman Quan emphasised that patriotic emulation movement has been evolving strongly, turning out as a valuable tradition and leaving profound imprints that enriched national … [Read more...]

Patriotic emulation movement celebrated

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Patriotic emulation movement has been enthusiastically responded by people of all strata throughout 65 years and was an important driving force behind the country's immense achievements in various fields. PM Nguyen Tan Dung presents emulation flag 2012 to HCM City and the "For Emulation and Reward cause" insignias to municipal leaders. (Source: VNA) The remarks were made by Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, during a solemn ceremony on June 9 to celebrate the 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's Appeal for Patriotic Emulation (June 11, 1948-2013) and the 5th anniversary of Traditional Day for Patriotic Emulation (June 11, 2008-2013). The event saw the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who is also President of the Central Emulation and Reward Council, and Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Le Hoang Quan, among others. In recounting the late President's call and his launched emulation movements, Chairman Quan emphasised … [Read more...]

Iran sends rare letter to US over killed scientist

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Iran said on Saturday it had evidence Washington was behind the latest killing of one of its nuclear scientists, state television reported, at a time when tensions over the country's nuclear program have escalated to their highest level ever. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with journalists at Tehran's Mehrabad airport after his visit to Latin American countries January 14, 2012. … [Read more...]

Iran sends rare letter to U.S. over killed scientist

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Iran said on Saturday it had evidence Washington was behind the latest killing of one of its nuclear scientists, state television reported, at a time when tensions over the country's nuclear program have escalated to their highest level ever. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with journalists at Tehran's Mehrabad airport after his visit to Latin American countries January 14, 2012.Photo: Reuters/Raheb Homavandi In the fifth attack of its kind in two years, a magnetic bomb was attached to the door of 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan's car during the Wednesday morning rush-hour in the capital. His driver was also killed. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton denied responsibility and Israeli President Shimon Peres said Israel had no role in the attack, to the best of his knowledge. "We have reliable documents and evidence that this terrorist act was planned, guided and supported by the CIA," the Iranian foreign ministry said … [Read more...]

UN chief calls for diplomatic solution to nuclear standoff with Iran

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday expressed deep concern over the possible military- dimensioned nuclear program in Iran, and called for a diplomatic solution, rather than the military one, to the nuclear standoff with Iran, a UN spokesman said here. Martin Nesirky, the UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing that after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report on Tuesday accusing Iran of conducting activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons, the secretary-general noted with serious concern that Iran might have carried out nuclear activities with military purposes, "The secretary-general reiterates his belief that a negotiated rather than a military solution is the only way to resolve this issue," the spokesman said. Ban emphasized again that "the onus is on Iran" to prove the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, and reiterated his call for Iran's compliance with all the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and IAEA board of … [Read more...]

Enhancing bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Uruguay

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The Hanoitimes - On January 19, Deputy PM Minh and NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Hanoi received Speaker of the Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra who is on a visit to Vietnam. The host highlighted recent development of the relations between the two countries, noting that they worked closely at international organisations and multi forums. According to the Vietnamese official, economic cooperation between Vietnam and Uruguay has enjoyed positive results in recent years, with two-way trade hitting 120 million USD in 2014, four times higher than that in 2007. There is great potential for the two countries to set up partnership in the fields of agriculture, breeding, farm-aquatic product processing and biotechnology in the near future, he said. Deputy PM Minh said he hopes the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay will support the signing and ratification of future cooperation agreements between the two countries. For his part, Speaker Anibal Pereyra said that his … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Uruguay boost parliamentary cooperation

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(VOVworld) – Vietnam wants to boost parliamentary cooperation with Uruguay, said National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung while receiving Speaker of Uruguay’s Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra during his ongoing visit to Vietnam. Chairman Hung called on both legislative bodies to continue cooperating on the implementation of signed agreements, step up delegation exchanges, and support each other in international parliamentarian forums, especially at the International Parliamentary Union (IPU). Mr. Pereyra said Uruguay always supports Vietnam and that his visit to Vietnam aims to consolidate the two countries’ fine bilateral friendship. He pledged his efforts to tighten relations between Vietnam and Uruguay, and between their legislative bodies, saying that Asia, including Vietnam, has a strategic position in Uruguay’s integration and development. After talks, both leaders signed several cooperation agreements between the two legislative bodies. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Uruguay boost legislative cooperation

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(VOV) - Vietnam wants to strengthen cooperation with the General Assembly of Uruguay in bilateral relations and international forums. The statement was made by Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung at the January 19 talks with the Speaker of Uruguay’s Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra who is on a visit to Vietnam. NA Chairman Hung thanked Uruguay’s valuable support for Vietnam in the past struggle for national independence and the current national construction and development process. He congratulated Uruguay’s achievements in recent times and believed the visit will open up multifaceted cooperation prospects between the two countries and boost relations between Vietnam and Latin America. He proposed that the two sides will actively coordinate in building and implementing the signed cooperative agreements, and accelerating exchange visits and mutual support at regional and international parliamentary forums, particularly at multilateral forums … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 19

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Here are the leading news stories in Vietnamese media in brief for today, January 19, 2015. Politics -- Speaker of Uruguay’s Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra on Sunday arrived in Hanoi to begin his five-day visit at the invitation of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. -- Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang on Sunday had a working session with the northwest province of Hoa Binh, during which he urged the provincial leaders to exert stronger efforts to promote local economic growth. Society -- A Vietnamese woman was among six drug convicts executed by Indonesia on Sunday. -- A fifth grader drowned when he was swimming at a private-run swimming pool in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12 on Sunday. -- Police in the southernmost province of Ca Mau’s U Minh District have seized around 1.1 tonnes of cannabis illegally grown by a local farmer at his home, officers said Sunday. -- Hundreds of Lao and Cambodian students joined … [Read more...]

Uruguay’s top legislator begins Vietnam visit

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Speaker of Uruguay’s Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra arrived in Hanoi on January 18, beginning his five-day visit to Vietnam. The visit is made at the invitation of the National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. The Speaker is accompanied by members of the parliamentary such as Jaime Mario from the National Party; Fitzgerald Cantero from the Colorado Party and Ivan Posado from the Independent Party. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

President attends plenary sessions, meets world leaders

President Truong Tan Sang attended the second and third plenary sessions of the Asian-African Conference and met world leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 22. Meeting Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the President proposed facilitating high-level visits as well as mutual support at international organisations and forums. He said both sides should exert more joint efforts to boost economic ties, suggesting the establishment of an Inter-governmental Committee and signing several cooperative deals. President Rajaonarimampianina proposed establishing partnership in farming, mining, telecommunications, adding that Madagascar will send a delegation to Vietnam to discuss joint work in agriculture. President Sang welcomed his proposal and vowed to direct ministries and agencies to work for optimal results. In a dialogue with Vice President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, the Vietnamese leader said Vietnam treasures the traditional friendship with South Africa, one … [Read more...]

Pope to visit Cuba en route to U.S., capping diplomatic role

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Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 22, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Max Rossi Pope Francis will visit Cuba en route to the United States in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday, capping his success in bringing the former enemies together after more than half a century of distrust. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi did not specify how long the stop in Cuba would last, saying only that Francis had accepted invitations made by the Cuban government and the Cuban Roman Catholic Church. It will be the Argentine pope's first visit to Cuba as pontiff. Both his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, visited the island and met revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Last December, Havana and Washington announced after 18 months of secret diplomacy brokered by the pope's diplomats and Canada that the two sides were working to re-open embassies in their respective capitals. "Both President Raul Castro and President … [Read more...]

Army units continue caring for Vietnamese heroic mothers

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PANO – The whole army units have been taking care of 1,400 Vietnamese heroic mothers, whose husbands and sons laid down their lives for the country’s independence and freedom. Accordingly, the Ministry of National Defence ensures a monthly allowance of VND 500,000 for each mother while its military zones also use parts of their budgets to build or repair houses for those with housing difficulties, present household commodities, and inquire after them on the nation’s festivals and anniversaries. The General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army has instructed its constituent units and worked with relevant agencies to continue the care for Vietnamese heroic mothers. On April 21st, Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony to bestow the title of "Heroic Vietnamese Mother" to 321 local women. Among them, only 24 are still alive and able to receive the honor. Addressing the ceremony, Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai expressed deep … [Read more...]

PM vows support for war veterans, heroes

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At the event (Source: VNA) The Party and State will offer more support to families of war heroes and invalids, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told a gathering of war veterans and former wartime youth volunteers in Hanoi on April 40. The gathering took place ahead of the 40 th anniversary of southern liberation and national reunification (April 30). The PM said the Party, State and people forever remember and respect those who laid down their lives for national liberation. The day April 30 is a glorious historic hallmark, a pinnacle of patriotism and revolutionary heroism, and a triumph of the nation as a whole, he added. He expressed hope that war veterans and wartime youth volunteers will hold up their tradition and set examples for young generations, continuing to contribute to society. On the occasion, the PM also urged the Vietnam Veterans’ Association (VAA) and the Vietnam Wartime Youth Volunteers’ Association (WYVA) to strengthen their organisation and … [Read more...]

Party official discusses TPP with US Trade Representative

Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Vuong Dinh Hue discussed the progress of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with US Trade Representative Michael Froman in Hanoi on April 22. Vuong Dinh Hue declared that Vietnam and other TPP member nations welcome the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill that is being considered at the US Congress and hope for early approval of the bill. The Party official noted that the TPP negotiation is of importance to Vietnam-US economic ties, and suggested the US take into account Vietnam’s core interests relating to accessing markets for garment and textile, footwear and farm produce. He urged the US to soon recognise the market economy in Vietnam, stressing that the country will spare no effort to narrow the economic gap with other regional countries. Vuong Dinh Hue also expressed his concern over the US Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection programme and called for the elimination of … [Read more...]

Vietnam hopes for early conclusion of TPP talk with US

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed hope for early conclusion of negotiations with the US on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (PPP) deal while meeting US Trade Representative Michael Froman in Hanoi on April 22. Though difficulties remain ahead, especially in contents regarding market, services and investment, government procurement, intellectual property, State-owned enterprises and labour, the PM noted that the two sides have made long steps forward in the spirit of straightforwardness, sincerity, constructiveness, good will and cooperation. He also repeated the Vietnamese government’s request at a recent meeting with President Barack Obama that the US take into consideration Vietnam’s development level in order to reach a balanced and flexible TPP pact that not only benefits TPP member states but also propels the sustainable and long-term comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and the US. The host thanked the US for its promise to provide capacity-building and … [Read more...]