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Prime Minister Chinh to attend UK climate meet

By Vo Thanh   October 30, 2021 | 08:44 pm PT
Prime Minister Chinh to attend UK climate meet
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in a trip to Indonesia for the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting in April 2021. Photo courtesy of the government portal
PM Pham Minh Chinh left for the U.K. Sunday, leading a delegation to the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference and to France for an official visit.

The delegates include officials and ministers from National Assembly committees and the ministries of defense, foreign affairs, environment and finance.

At the 2021 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26), Chinh will attend the opening ceremony, deliver speeches and meet with country leaders, international organizations and other important partners.

Gareth Ward, U.K. ambassador to Vietnam, said Chinh's trip would boost bilateral ties in various fields including traffic management, education, space and vaccines.

Later, he will pay a three-day (November 3-5) official visit to France.

In France, Chinh is set to meet and hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macro, PM Jean Castex and representatives of French businesses.

Nicolas Warnery, French ambassador to Vietnam, said the visit aims to strengthen the strategic partnership between both countries. Several agreements are expected to be signed during the trip.

The COP26 is scheduled to be held in the U.K., under the co-presidency of the U.K. and Italy. Around 30,000 representatives from all around the world will attend the conference, including over 100 country leaders.

The U.K. is Vietnam's third largest commerce partner in Europe, after Germany and the Netherlands. In 2019, the import-export trade turnover between the two countries reached $6.6 billion, with export turnover accounting for $5.8 billion, according to the Vietnam Customs.

France is Vietnam's fifth largest commerce partner in Europe, with the import-export trade turnover between the two countries in 2020 reaching $4.81 billion, a 10 percent drop from 2019's $5.3 billion.

 
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