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Belgium to help Vietnam develop clean agriculture

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels on October 16, 2018.
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) shakes hands with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels on October 16, 2018.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel have consented to strengthen the two countries’ ties, especially in clean agriculture.

The two heads of government joined talks in Brussels on Tuesday within the framework of PM Phuc’s official visit to Belgium from October 16 to 19, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

Both sides agreed to bolster cooperation in agriculture, education and training, culture, transport, trade and investment, as well as discussed measures to expedite the signing of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement.

Belgium wants to work with Vietnam in agriculture, especially in the development of clean agriculture and procedures to ensure food safety, said PM Michel.

Many Belgian-invested projects in Vietnam have been successful, the leader stated, adding that Vietnam is making constant efforts to improve its investment environment.

Belgium supports Vietnam’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, he continued.

The two countries will work together for peace and security in the East Vietnam Sea, and raise voices to protest unilateral actions that damage peace and break international law.

Disputes should be addressed by peaceful measures, in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the leaders stressed.

Following their talks, the leaders witnessed the signing of some cooperation documents between agencies and businesses of the two countries, covering agriculture, food safety, seaports and other spheres.

PM Phuc is scheduled to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in Brussels on October 18 and 19.

The ASEM summit is expected to bring together heads of state or government of 51 European and Asian countries as well as representatives of the European Union.