Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem signed the Declaration in a meeting today at the Foreign Office.
The UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Declaration elevates cooperation in seven key areas: political, global and regional issues; trade and investment; sustainable socio-economic development; education and training; science and technology; security and defence; and people to people links.
Speaking after the signing, the Foreign Secretary said:
“Today’s agreement with Vietnam is yet another example of the UK’s commitment to pursuing an active foreign policy with emerging powers around the world. This partnership will bring more direct links between our universities, closer co-operation on serious and organised crime and will continue our frank dialogue on human rights. It is also a real boost for British businesses looking to invest in Vietnam.”