|NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (left) and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (Photo: VNA)
The official visit of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam to Europe from June 26-30 has received much media attention in Italy.
In particular, the articles focus on highlighting the positive cooperation results achieved between Vietnam and European countries, especially in trade and investment, and at the same time highlighting the outstanding achievements of Vietnam in ensuring human rights.
In an article titled "Vietnam strengthens trade and investment with Italy and Europe", La Città Futura newspaper affirmed that the visit of National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will strongly promote the partnership and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and European countries. Through an overview of the remarkable progress in two-way trade, the article emphasized that Vietnam is effectively implementing its commitments in free trade agreements with the European Union (EVFTA) and with the UK (UKFTA).
Up to now, Vietnam's key agricultural products such as pepper, cashew nuts, vegetables, fruits, coffee, tea and rubber have all enjoyed preferential tax rates in the EU market. At the same time, the EU is one of the five largest seafood export markets of Vietnam with an annual import demand of up to USD50 billion. The article also highlights Vietnam's position as Italy's leading partner in Southeast Asia, an effective bridge for the EU in general and Italy in particular with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Citing the content of the phone call on April 22, between Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the article emphasized the commitment of the Italian Government to promote the Italian parliament’s ratification of the EU - Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in the context that many Italian businesses want to expand their investment and business activities in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Marx21 daily has an article titled "Vietnam's declaration in Europe on joining the United Nations Human Rights Council". The article emphasized that with the second nomination to join the UN Human Rights Council, Vietnam is showing the right direction in its policies on human rights development that centre on people.
One of the bright spots of Vietnam that is internationally recognized is its achievements in hunger eradication, poverty reduction, and social security assurance. As a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 term, Vietnam has fully and responsibly participated in the Council's activities and programs.
The Government of Vietnam always affirms its message on protecting and promoting human rights, contributing many initiatives to help handle global human rights issues. That ASEAN countries unanimously selected Vietnam as the Southeast Asian candidate for an HRC seat in the 2023 - 2025 tenure reflected the bloc’s consensus and trust in Vietnam in this regard, according to Marx21./.