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Belgium backs peaceful settlement of East Sea issue

 President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives André Flahaut voiced his support for the peaceful settlement of East Sea issues at a recent reception for Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan in Brussels.

President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives André Flahaut voiced his support for the peaceful settlement of East Sea issues at a recent reception for Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan in Brussels.

Quan, who is also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, said he hopes that President André Flahaut will join hands with the international community to have voice against China’s illegal stationing of drilling platform Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.

 “Vietnam pursues the unswerving policy of resolving issues through dialogues on the basis of respect for national sovereignty and demanding China comply with international law.” Quan said.

He briefed his Belgian host on the achievements of Vietnam’s largest economic hub, which posted a 8.2% growth rate in the first half of this year.

Quan also hailed Belgium’s support for HCM City, in particular the Belgian Government’s provision of ODA for a 70 million Euro Soai Rap River dredging project that has just finalized the second phase.

Quan expressed his conviction that Belgium’s new parliament will adopt financial assistance to the third phase of this project.

He also used the occasion to informed President André Flahaut  about Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s scheduled visit to Belgium in October to foster bilateral ties.

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