Political issues of Ukraine and Vietnam
Ukraine and Vietnam historically have traditionally friendly relations. Vietnam has recognized our state on 27 December 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 23, 1992. Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Ukraine started its operations in 1993. Embassy of Ukraine in Vietnam was opened in 1997.
In 1993-1994, there have been exchanges of visits at the level of foreign ministers of Ukraine and Vietnam, during which several important bilateral agreements were signed.
In June 1994, the Prime Minister of Vietnam Vo Van Kiet visited Ukraine. One of the important results of the visit was the establishment of the Intergovernmental Ukrainian-Vietnamese Commission on trade-economic and scientific- technical cooperation.
The State visit of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma to Vietnam in 1996 laid the foundation of the bilateral relations at the highest level between the two countries. During this visit the inter-state Treaty of principles of relations between Ukraine and Vietnam was signed.
In 2000 the President of Vietnam Tran Duc Luong paid a state visit to Ukraine. A number of intergovernmental and interagency documents were signed in the framework of the visit.
In January 2003 an official visit of the National Assembly Chairman of Vietnam Nguyen Van An to Ukraine was held.
During the meeting of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine A. Yatsenyuk with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Vietnam Pham Gia Khiem, held in New York on 25 September 2007 in the framework of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, an agreement on readmission between Ukraine and Vietnam was signed.
An official visit to Vietnam of the Head of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine V.Lytvyn, held on 5-7 December 2010, promoted the development of bilateral Ukrainian -Vietnamese relations.
On 25-27 March 2011 the state visit of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to Vietnam was held. During the visit a number of bilateral agreements was signed.
The main outcome of the visit was the signing of the Joint Declaration on the establishment of comprehensive relations of cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Vietnam by the Presidents of Ukraine and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, which outlines the main directions, forms and mechanisms for further cooperation on a range of bilateral and international issues. Document determines the priorities of cooperation between Ukraine and Vietnam.
4-6 October 2011 – official visit of Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung to Ukraine took place. 7-8 March 2012 – the Foreign Minister of Ukraine K.Gryshchenko paid an official visit to Vietnam.
15-16 November, 2012 – official visit to Vietnam of Prime Minister of Ukraine M.Azarov. During this visit the Prime minister of Ukraine held meetings and talks with the President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung, President of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Sinh Hung, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. The outcome of the negotiations was the signing of the Joint Communiqué of the Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Vietnam, which contains an analysis of the current state of relations between the two countries.
In 2013 the active political dialogue at the high level between Ukraine and Vietnam continued. Vietnamese delegation led by the Deputy General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, member of the Politburo, Permanent Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Secretariat Mr. Le Hong Anh as well as the Vietnamese Parliamentary delegation headed by the First Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Mr. Huynh Ngoc Son paid official visits to Ukraine.
The visit of the delegation of Ukrainian prosecutor’s office headed by the Deputy Attorney General of Ukraine Mr. V.Voytsyshyn to Vietnam was another important event last year. During this visit the meetings and negotiations of the Ukrainian delegation with the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of Vietnam as well as with the leadership of the Supreme Court of Vietnam and the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam, leadership of Vietnam’s regional prosecutor’s offices were conducted.
Delegation of Lawyers’ Union of Ukraine led by the Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine S.Vinokurov as well as delegation of Ukrainian prosecutor’s office headed by the Deputy Attorney General of Ukraine Mr. G. Sereda, visited Vietnam in 2013.
On September 26, 2014, during the 69-th session of the UN GA in New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Mr. P. Klimkin held a working meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Mr. Pham Binh Minh. The Ministers discussed the current state of bilateral relations and ways of their enhancement in all spheres. Special attention was paid to the development of trade and economic relations, cooperation in the frame of international organizations and intensification of bilateral contacts at high and the highest levels.
Between Ukraine and Vietnam there are bilateral high-level authorities:
- Ukrainian-Vietnamese Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation (13th meeting was held on 1-2 October 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City);
- Ukrainian-Vietnamese Joint Subcommittee on Scientific-Technical Cooperation (5th meeting was held on 8-9 December 2011 in Hanoi);
- Ukrainian-Vietnamese Intergovernmental Coordination Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation (the last meeting was held on 12-14 November 2014 in Hanoi).