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UK Former Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Vietnam

Thu, 24 Jul 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:46

In the afternoon July 23, 2014, at the Government Office, Vietnam Prime Minister, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung welcomed Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Tony Blair visiting Vietnam.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated that the friendly relation and cooperation between two countries has achieved some flourishes recently, however, it has been not commensurate with the potentials. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung also affirmed that Vietnam wanted to enhance the Vietnam UK diplomatic relation becoming the strategic relation. Thereby, two countries can extensively cooperate in all aspects including politics, diplomatic, culture, economics, and education. Besides, Vietnam Premier expressed the desire that the United Kingdom would continue supporting Vietnam in terms of poverty alleviation, socio-economic infrastructure development, and respond to climate change. In addition, Mr. Dung highly appreciated the willingness of Mr. Tony Blair in sharing valuable experiences in terms of the reforming process and the international economic integration. On this occasion, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung also sent greetings and invitation to the current Prime Minister of United Kingdom to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 40th anniversary establishing the diplomatic relation between two countries.


PM of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and Mr. Tony Blair have a talk


In the respond to the speech of Vietnam Premier, former Prime Minister of UK expressed the deep impression on Vietnam achievements in terms of socio-economic development, poverty reduction, and implementation of Millennium Development Goals in recent years. Mr. Tony Blair also appreciated Vietnam policy in maintaining proactive and positive international integration, promoting economic reform, and creating favorable conditions in business environment for both domestic and international investors and enterprises. Mr. Blair reconfirmed the willingness to share experiences in some aspects such as attracting foreign investors, coping with the climate changes, developing public-private partnerships (PPP), developing education, and so on.

During the time in Vietnam, former British Premier will work with Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr. Bui Quang Vinh and attend in a seminar "Global  Investment Trends - Recommendations for Vietnam", which will be organized by Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment and Tony Blair Office in Hanoi.


Vietnam Foreign Minister and Mr. Tony Blair have a talk


Vietnam and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland established the diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level on November 9, 1973. In March 2007, it was the first time the current Prime Minister, Tony Blair sent a Special Envoy, Senator Charles Powell visiting Vietnam and giving letter of UK Premier to Vietnam Prime Minister. The letter highlighted the satisfaction of UK in Vietnam development as well as expressed the desire to strengthen the relationship between two countries. In recent years, two countries have made many efforts to tighten the relation and cooperation in fields of culture, education, economics, diplomatic, etc. The diplomatic relation with UK is always considered as one of important Vietnam diplomatic relations.

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