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Vietnam PM urges Italy to recognise COVID-19 vaccine passport

VIET NAM NEWS/ANN – Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chính on Wednesday held phone talks with his Italian counterpart Mario Draghi, expressing delight at the development of the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen exchanges at all levels and continue to promote the effectiveness of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The two sides are pleased to see the Vietnam-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) has witnessed positive results.

In 2021, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, two-way trade value reached USD5.6 billion, up 20 per cent compared to 2020.

Chính highly appreciated Italy’s continued placement of Vietnam on its list of priorities for cooperation in trade and investment in the period after 2020, and affirmed that Vietnam will create every favourable condition necessary for Italian enterprises to expand investment in Vietnam.

Chính asked Italy to soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), support Vietnamese efforts and urge the EU to remove the yellow card against Vietnamese seafood, soon recognise Vietnam’s COVID-19 vaccine passports, and facilitate Vietnamese goods in accessing the Italian market, especially agricultural products, food, and seasonal fruits such as mango, dragon fruit and lychee.

The Italian leader agreed with the proposals and initiatives of the Vietnamese counterpart in deepening the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership, and expressed gratitude to Vietnam for the donation of masks during the period when Italy was facing incredible challenges due to COVID-19.

Draghi pledged that the Italian Government would push the Italian National Assembly to soon ratify the EVIPA, reaffirming that Italian businesses want to continue investing in Vietnam in the fields of renewable energy, infrastructure, water resource management, and innovation.