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The information was announced by the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during the phone talks between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and the British Foreign Secretary on July 13th.

During the phone talk, the British Foreign Secretary emphasized that the UK considers Vietnam an important partner in Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia in its foreign policy and wishes to deepen the strategic partnership in all fields and strengthen bilateral agreements to maintain the pace of the bilateral ties, especially in economy and trade, when the UK leaves the European Union.

Mr. Dominic Raab congratulated Vietnam on its successes in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanked Vietnamese competent agencies and doctors for their dedication in treating British citizens infected with the coronavirus.

The British diplomat praised Vietnam’s ASEAN Chairmanship and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC), and promised that the UK will further cooperate and coordinate with Vietnam in multilateral frameworks, the UNSC and other multilateral forums.

He also affirmed the UK’s support in maintaining peace, security and stability in the East Sea, as well as respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).

The UK minister desired to promote ASEAN-UK ties, and called on Vietnam to support the cooperation.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh highly appreciated the cooperation and mutual support between the UK and Vietnam in multilateral forums; affirmed that as the ASEAN Chair, Vietnam supports external partners, including the UK, to step up cooperation with ASEAN and applauds contributions of sides to peace, cooperation and the observance of international law in the region and the world./.