Vietnam wishes to boost multi-faceted relations with Italy: President Luong

NhanDan Online

The Vietnamese State and people want to develop multi-faceted relations with Italy in conformity with the current situations in the world and the region, President Tran Duc Luong assured visiting President Ferdinando Casini of the Italian Chamber of Upper House in Hanoi on Tuesday.
President Luong welcomed Mr Ferdinando Casini’s visit to Vietnam and his attendance of the 13th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) with the aim of cementing bilateral relations. He affirmed that Vietnam wants to be a friend and a trust partner of all countries for peace, co-operation and development while pursuing a foreign policy of openness, diversification and multilateralisation of its relations.
In this spirit, President Luong said he hoped to witness a new stage of development in the relations between the two countries, including an increase of exchanges between the two legislatures. He held that Vietnam's position, its relations with ASEAN member countries and other East Asian countries would be beneficial to Italy.
He said he hoped that with Italy’s strength in technology, equipment, and consumer goods, the two countries would accelerate their co-operation in trade, investment, science and technology, culture, and environmental protection.
President Luong also stressed Vietnam’s viewpoints on issues relating to ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands and its relations with the Vatican. He affirmed that since the regime of President Ho Chi Minh, one of Vietnam’s major orientations has been its policy of great unity, which provides healthcare for ethnic minority people and prohibits any acts of discrimination, and in all aims to raise the material, cultural and spiritual lives of ethnic minority people in Vietnam.
President Luong pointed to the manouvres by a small number of ethnic minorities who have not lived with their countrymen in the homeland but abroad, who have sought ways to undermine the nation's great unity and cause divisions. On relations with the Vatican, President Luong noted that Vietnam and the Vatican have had no confrontations and that the two sides have maintained contact. " It's only a question of timing to officially established relations," the President said.
Talking to State President Tran Duc Luong, President Ferdinando Casini of the Italian Chamber of Upper House expressed his joy at visiting Vietnam. He said that the issue of ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands had been introduced in a wrong way in Europe. He affirmed that the issue has not been used to hinder the two countries’ relations. Almost all Italian people have good feelings towards Vietnam and wish Vietnam continued development, Casini said. He noted that he has always seen Vietnam’s role in reforming the United Nations and within the G8.
The same day, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An received President Ferdinando Casini in Quang Ninh province, which is hosting the 13th annual meeting of the APPF.
Mr Casini expressed his thanks to Chairman An for having invited him to attend the opening of the meeting although Italy is not a member of the forum. He said that Italy was one of the first countries to assist Vietnam in national reconstruction after the war, and that many of its cities have established co-operative ties with Vietnam.
He assured Chairman An that Italian and European people's misunderstanding of ethnic minority people in Vietnam's Central Highlands due to incorrect information provided by the mass media has not affected the fine relations between the two countries.
He pledged that the Italian Chamber of Upper House would actively boost the development of Italy-Vietnam relations and bilateral ties.
Speaking to F. Casini, the Vietnamese Chairman agreed with his frank opinions on ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands and noted with Vietnam’s great efforts to unceasingly improve the material lives of ethnic minority people in the country.
To the President of the Italian Chamber of Upper House, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed the Vietnamese Government’s wish to develop the fine relations and positive co-operation with Italy in economics, politics and culture.
Deputy PM Dung said relevant agencies will create favourable conditions for Italian businesspeople to invest in Vietnam. He spoke highly of Italy-invested projects and said that the two sides should take measures to make their co-operation commensurate with the two countries’ potentials. (VNA)