Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks during the opening session of the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations in New York September 23, 2014. The Summit precedes the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly which convened Tuesday at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh called for the support of Paraguay, Ukraine, Colombia and Finland for Vietnam’s run for a seat in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 during his bilateral talks with these countries’ foreign ministers, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Minh was attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly which convened Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York.
During his meetings with foreign ministers of the four above-mentioned countries, he asked for support in Vietnam’s bid for the UN Security Council membership in 2020-2021 term and other UN agencies such as the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2016-2018 term.
Vietnam was elected for the first time to the UN Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.
Minh called on Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga to facilitate Vietnamese shipbuilding companies, especially the state-owned Vinashin, to take part in shipbuilding projects in the country.
He asked Ukraine's foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin to ensure the safety and stability of 10,000 Vietnamese people living and working in the country, especially in conflict-affected areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.
He called on his Colombian counterpart María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar to create more favorable conditions for Vietnamese telecom and oil and gas companies to expand their business in the country.