Diplomat bolsters EU relations
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phaïm Bình Minh met with several senior diplomats from the EU ahead of the opening of the 20th ASEAN-EU Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Brussels. Vieät Nam is currently the co-ordinator for ASEAN-EU dialogue relations for the 2012-15 period. In his meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, Minh agreed that both countries needed to make greater efforts to strengthen strategic ties. Meanwhile, during his talks with Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidagaard, both sides agreed to speed up the implementation of a 201415 action plan to quickly realise the comprehensive partnership established in September last year. Minh also met with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. Both parties agreed that there was significant potential for ASEAN-EU ties to further develop.