Press Release:– On Tuesday June 26, 2018, Saint Lucia formally established diplomatic relations with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This historic occasion was effectuated through the signing of a Joint Communiqué at the Ambassadorial level in New York.
His Excellency Cosmos Richardson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations expressed his delight and satisfaction that the two countries have taken this important step, towards building friendly and cooperative relations.
Ambassador Richardson also noted that Saint Lucia remains committed to working with other countries in the pursuit of mutual development, peace and security and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this regard, Saint Lucia looks forward to working with Vietnam both bilaterally and multilaterally.
Her Excellency Nguyen Phuong Nga, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the United Nations also expressed her gratitude and pleasure at this accomplishment.
In the ensuing discussions, the following were identified as possible areas for future collaboration between the two countries: high-tech industries, agricultural development, fisheries, tourism and education. Building resilience to combat climate change was another area discussed, noting that the two countries rely heavily on the tourism and agricultural sectors. Mindful of the adverse effects of climate change on these two countries and in particular on the agricultural and tourism sectors, the Ambassadors agreed that there is need to continue to raise awareness of this global challenge and the need for continued collaborative actions.
Representatives of the respective Missions will continue discussions with a view to establishing a platform for cooperation.
Saint Lucia continues the push to build resilience through the enhancement of its foreign policy by engaging with non-traditional partners and thus welcomes this new partnership with Vietnam.