In the UK, the delegation held working sessions with the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Justice’s Serious Fraud Office, met professors from the anti-corruption research group at the School of Oriental & African Studies, and held talks with Executive President and Vice President of the Communist Party of Britain.

While in the Northern Ireland, they held working sessions with the All-Party Parliamentary Groups at the Northern Ireland Assembly, leaders of international cooperation agencies, the Department of Justice, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, the Cooperation Overseas, the Audit Office and the Police Service.

As part of the visit, they also paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at New Zealand building in London and visited the grave of Karl Marx.

Secretary of the Party Central Committee Phan Dinh Trac (fourth from left) and Executive President of the Communist Party of Britain Liz Payne (third from left) (Photo: VNA)

During meetings, Trac affirmed that Vietnam always treasures ties with the UK, considering the UK one of the top important partners in Europe and the world and a priority in the country’s external policy, both before and after Brexit.

He expressed his wish to continue further deepening the Vietnam – UK strategic partnership and thanked the UK for supporting Vietnam’s run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020 – 2021 tenure.

Trac asked the UK and Northern Ireland to continue sharing experience with Vietnam in corruption prevention and control, thus creating a transparent, open and sustainable business environment.

Informing the UK of the recent complex developments in the East Sea, he spoke highly of the UK’s joint statement on the East Sea issue with Germany and France on August 29th and urged the UK to support Vietnam’s stance on the issue.

UK and Northern Ireland officials hailed the visit as an important effort to further promote anti-corruption collaboration and reinforce bilateral ties, especially at a time when the UK is going to make great changes in its relations with the EU.

They hoped that Vietnam will continue maintaining economic and trade ties with and create favourable conditions for UK business community in the country.

The hosts pledged to substantially enhance bilateral ties, affirming that the UK attaches importance to Vietnam in its strategy to intensify its ties with the ASEAN, and affirmed that the two nations hold many opportunities to step up ties within multilateral frameworks when Vietnam assumes the role of ASEAN Chair by 2020 and non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and the UK serves as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

During talks with Executive President of the Communist Party of Britain Liz Payne, Trac informed the host of Vietnam’s socio-economic development, Party rectification work, national development goals and preparations for the 13th National Party Congress slated for early 2021, as well as the recent developments in the East Sea.

He proposed that the Communist Party of Britain continue working closely with the Communist Party of Vietnam in multilateral activities of political parties.

The host affirmed that the visit affords the two Parties and peoples a chance to raise mutual understanding and friendship.

She briefed Trac of the party’s efforts to protect the rights of the UK working class./.

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