Lima (VNA) – Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet held separate meetings with his Mexican and Chilean counterparts, Felipe Calderon and Michelle Bachelet, on the sidelines of the 16th APEC Leaders’ Meeting in the Peruvian capital of Lima on Nov. 23.
President Felipe Calderon asserted that Mexico always has a special respect for President Ho Chi Minh, saying the country had put up statues of the late President at parks in Mexico City and Acapulco. The parks together with a lecture hall at the Mexico National University were also named after Ho Chi Minh, the Mexican President said.
For his part, President Triet thanked the Mexican State and people for their deep sentiments towards President Ho Chi Minh. He expressed his gratitude to Mexico for its sympathy to Hanoi’s residents over great losses caused by recent floods, and agreed that nations worldwide should share responsibilities and increase cooperation in protecting the environment.
The Vietnamese State leader congratulated Mexico on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2009-10 term, and proposed that the two countries enhance coordination and cooperation in the council and other international organizations and multilateral forums.
Meeting with President Michelle Bachelet, President Triet said he hoped that Vietnam and Chile will continue to promote cooperative ties within both bilateral and multilateral frameworks. He took this occasion to thank the State and people of Chile for their sincere affection for Vietnam.
President Bachelet said the two countries should further beef up cooperation in economy, trade and education, particularly in cultural relations as Chile is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Independence Day and Vietnam’s Hanoi capital city marking the 1,000th founding anniversary in 2010.
On the sidelines of the 16th APEC Leaders’ Meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem also met with the Foreign Ministers of Canada and New Zealand, Lawrence Cannon and Murray McCully.
FM Khiem congratulated Murray McCully on his nomination as Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. He affirmed Vietnam’s policy of attaching importance to friendly and cooperative relations with New Zealand, and hoped that the two countries will continue to expand economic, trade and investment ties after the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement is signed.
FM McCully said the new government of New Zealand wants to foster the multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam, and is willing to assist the country in education.
The minister expressed his sympathy to Hanoi residents over huge losses in humans and property caused by recent floods, adding that his government decided to grant 500,000 USD through the New Zealand International Aid and Development Agency to support the victims.
At his talks with the Canadian FM, both Khiem and Cannon were delighted at recent cooperation results between Vietnam and Canada. They agreed to foster the bilateral comprehensive, stable and long-term cooperation in the lead up to the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties.