Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Vu Anh
Quang addresses the event (Photo: VNA)
Brussels (VNA) – A ceremony to celebrate the 74th
National Day took place at the Vietnamese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium,
on September 10, drawing 300 officials from the EU and Belgium,
representatives of local businesses, and the Vietnamese community in the
Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to
Belgium, Luxembourg and head of the Vietnamese Delegation to the EU Vu Anh
Quang said Vietnam attaches great importance to developing ties with the EU
and Belgium in particular.
Promoting partnership with the EU and its member
countries is one of the major pillars of Vietnam’s foreign policy, he said.
The Vietnam-EU relationship has thrived with the
conclusion of negotiations on the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)
and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) in June this year.
Meanwhile, Vietnam-Belgium ties have also expanded,
especially in trade and investment.
The ambassador welcomed the contributions of the EU
to peace, security and development in Southeast Asia, especially EU
statements released in August regarding developments in the East Sea.
For his part, Jan Zahradil, President of the
EU-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group and Vice Chairman of the
European Parliament Committee of International Trade, said the signing of
the EVFTA more than two months ago in Hanoi was a key milestone for both
sides, and helped make Vietnam’s National Day ceremony happier.
Zahradil said as Vice Chairman of the European
Parliament Committee of International Trade, he has followed the
negotiations of the EVFTA and found this is the most ambitious deal the EU
has signed with a developing country.
The EU-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group
hopes to continue playing an active role during the European side’s approval
of the deal, he said.
Commenting on Vietnam-Belgium relations after the
signing of the EVFTA, Prof. Pierre Grega, Chairman of the Vietnam-Belgium
Friendship Parliamentarian Group, said ties have been promoted in recent
years and will thrive in the future, especially in trade, investment and
He said the ratification of the EVFTA will help
expand trade and investment activities between the two countries. Vietnamese
intellectuals trained in Belgium are expected to become a major force in the
field, he added.-VNA