Daily Archives: August 12, 2018

US-Turkey strained relations

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey is planning to use its Lira currency instead of USD in commercial transactions with its major trading partners, including Russia, China, Iran, and Ukraine.

The statement came one day after US President Donald Trump announced to double steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey to 50% and 20%, respectively. The Lira has dropped 20% of value against USD to a record low.

On Saturday, Chairman of the Turkish National Assembly Binali Yildirim said the tensions of US-Turkey relations have escalated after American pastor Andrew Brunson suspected of being linked to a terrorist group was arrested by the Ankara government. Earlier, President Erdogan said Ankara can find new allies if it does not see any respect and reciprocation in bilateral relations with the US.

Source: VOV5

North Korea boosts railway cooperation with South Korea

The two Koreas’ authorities are discussing cooperation to modernize and reconnect the cross-border railway, an official of South Korean Ministry of Unification said on Saturday.

Both sides have discussed the schedule and details of additional fieldwork starting this month. At the inter-Korean summit in April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to work together to modernize and connect two Koreas’ cross-border railway.

Source: VOV5

Deputy Prime Minister Hue directs Hung Yen longan trade programs

Hung Yen province has hosted a trade promotion conference to boost the consumption of longan, a local special fruit, in harvest season.

Attending the event on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue asked the province to strictly plan production to balance market demand and supply.

He said the province should closely work with Lang Son and Lao Cai border province and sign contracts with China’s authority agencies, traders, and retailers to ensure stable consumption and prices of longan.

Source: VOV5

3,000 people walk to raise fund for poor students

About 3,000 pupils, students, and people joined a walking program to raise fund for disadvantaged students to go to school.

At the event organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union in Truong Sa street, Ho Chi Minh city, on Sunday, the organizing board received half a million USD and thousands of notebooks.

30 scholarships, each worth 170 USD, were given to poor pupils with good academic results. After 12 years, the program has strong influence in society and encourages poor students to pursue their study.

Source: VOV5

40th anniversary of World Festival of Youth and Students celebrated

The Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association in coordination with the Pacific Group Corporation, held a ceremony in Hanoi on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students in Cuba.

Truong Thi Mai, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation and President of the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association, called on ministries and sectors of the two countries continuing to exchange delegations and organise more cultural activities, contributing to the solidarity and close relationship between the two peoples.

At the ceremony, Ms. Mai presented 50,000USD donated by former Vietnamese young participants at the 11th World Festival of Youth and Students to the Bac Ho (Uncle Ho) primary school in Cuba.

Source: VOV5

EU continues to support Iran nuclear deal

The EU has never wavered in its support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it wholeheartedly believes that the nuclear deal is a good agreement that is working, says Nathalie Tocci, an aide to the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

In an interview with Iranian Tasnim news agency on Saturday, Tocci said the JCPOA is an agreement which proves that multilateralism, diplomacy, and international law, in line with the EU’s fundamental principles of foreign policy, are the only recipes for delivering international peace and security.

Tocci said the US withdrawal from the deal represents a violation of an international agreement enshrined in international law through a UN Security Council resolution. She stressed that Iran has so far remained in compliance with the terms of the JCPOA as testified by 11 rounds of inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tocci added that the re-imposition of sanctions as a political move aimed at bringing Iran to the negotiating table is unreasonable.

Source: VOV5