Vietnamese PM highlights peaceful, sustainable int'l environment at expanded G7 Summit

The prosperity and sustainable development in Viet Nam, Asia and the world may be ensured only in a peaceful and stable international environment, said PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the expanded G7 Summit in Mie Prefecture, Japan on May 27.

Sustainable development based on effective international and regional integration is Viet Nam's development strategy and orientations, said PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the expanded G7 Summit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, May 27, 2016 

The PM welcomed prioritized issues discussed at the Summit’s agenda, which are crucial and urgent to peace, stability and sustainable development of the Asian-Pacific region in particular and the world in general.

He said that sustainable development based on effective international and regional integration is Viet Nam’s development strategy and orientations, adding that infrastructure is one of the three breakthroughs of the nation’s socio-economic plan in the future.

Viet Nam hailed Japan’s implementation of the “Partnership for Quality Infrastructure” in Asia and the Mekong-Japan Connectivity Initiative as well as the support from other nations in the G7, including the U.S. and the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) for the sustainable development of the Lower Mekong and the new initiative on the Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP).

Viet Nam will join hands in realizing the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, he said.

He expected that the G7 nations and other multi-lateral organizations will provide more assistance for Viet Nam and other nations in the Mekong River to enhance water management and protection, improve its capacity to respond to climate change, prevent droughts and sea-water intrusions in the Mekong Delta and the Lower Mekong.

The Vietnamese PM applauded Japan’s initiatives in crucial areas, including peace and stability guaranty in the Middle East, health care, gender equality and Japan’s efforts in assisting Africa.

He noted that unilateral activities against the international regulations and regional agreements such as the large-scale construction of artificial islands, changing the status quo and scaling up militarization are seriously threatening the regional peace and stability.

The situation requires relevant sides to restrain and address disputes with peaceful measures in accordance with international regulations, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), towards formulating a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), he added.

Viet Nam welcomes nations in the G7 to raise their voices and support efforts in ensuring maritime and overflight security and freedom, treating with disputes with peaceful measures and based on international regulations, he said.

Viet Nam expects that the G7 and the international community will make responsible contributions to consolidating a peaceful and sustainable environment in the Asian-Pacific region and in the world, PM Phuc said.

The expanded G7 Summit includes two sessions, focusing on high-quality infrastructure, regional security, women's rights, health affairs, the implementation of 203 Agenda and cooperation with Africa.

The expanded G7 summit opened on May 27 with the participation of G7 members and invited guests, including Viet Nam, Indonesia, Laos, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Chad and other international organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank.

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