Vietnam, EU discuss East Sea in political consultation session

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Vietnam and the European Union discussed regional and international issues, including the East Sea and human rights in Belgium on Monday, according to a release by the EU diplomatic corps in Vietnam.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS) David O'Sullivan held the second deputy-ministerial political consultation session in Brussels.

The two sides reviewed Vietnam-EU cooperation over the years and sought ways to promote cooperation in politics, security, national defense, economics, trade, investment and immigration.

They also worked on a list of prioritized aspects to the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) to be carried out this year.

The officials exchanged views on issues such as climate change, ASEAN-EU and Mekong sub-regional cooperation, the East Sea, peacekeeping, and human rights.

The two sides affirmed they will continue to coordinate closely and support each other in regional and international forums.

Son and O'Sullivan agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the EU.

The EU representative hailed Vietnam's plan to take part in the United Nations' peacekeeping missions next year.

The third political consultation between Vietnam and the EU is scheduled to take place in Hanoi next year.

During his visit to Belgium, Son held a meeting with Pedro Serrano, Principal Advisor on External Affairs of the European Council President.

In another meeting, Son and Secretary General of the Belgian Foreign Ministry Dirk Achten reviewed the implementation of agreements reached by the two sides' leaders and agreed to coordinate activities in honor of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Belgium.

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