President meets leaders of countries attending UN General Assembly debate

(VOVWORLD) -President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had bilateral meetings with leaders of major countries in New York, on Thursday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

Meeting with the Chinese delegation, Phuc said a stable and healthy relationship between Vietnam and China is an important factor to the development of each country, and contributes to peace, cooperation and development in the region and the world at large. As neighbors, Vietnam and China should tighten their cooperation to ensure water resources security, cope with climate change and promote green development, he suggested.

Meeting with Russian representatives, Mr. Phuc emphasized that Russia is a leading important partner of Vietnam, adding that he had affirmed this fact during his online talks with President Vladimir Putin last week. He said leaders of the two countries will soon hold in-person meetings to enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

President meets leaders of countries attending UN General Assembly debate - ảnh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA)

At a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, President Phuc said Vietnam always considers the US a leading important partner, with economic, trade and investment cooperation the main pillar of the bilateral relations. In that spirit, he suggested the two countries continue with the exchange of high-level delegations, create more favorable conditions for major US groups, especially high-tech ones, to increase their presence in Vietnam, while ensuring stable development of trade towards a balanced trade ties.

The same day, President Phuc talked over the phone with Senator Patrick Leahy, a friend of Vietnam. He lauded Leahy and the US Congress for their efforts in urging the US administration to help Vietnam with vaccines and medical supplies, and suggested the Senator further promote cooperation between the two countries in this regard.

Leahy pledged that he will continue to support Vietnam in the settlement of war consequences, including assistance to war and Agent Orange/dioxin victims.

Earlier, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheik Hasina, and Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva.