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Vietnam

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he will review Britain's policy on the admission of Vietnam to the International Monetary Fund; and if he will make a statement;

(2) when he last discussed with the American Government Her Majesty's Government's policy on the admission of Vietnam to the International Monetary Fund.

Vietnam was admitted to the International Monetary Fund on 21 September 1956 and has been a member ever since.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the European Economic Community last discussed the accreditation of a Vietnamese ambassador; and what was the position of (a) Her Majesty's Government, (b) France, (c) Germany and (d) Italy.

Relations between the Community and Vietnam are regularly discussed within the political co-operation framework. Our position remains as set out in the reply given by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the hon. Member for St. Helen's, North (Mr. Evans) on 4 July. Our EC partners respect our view that it is not yet appropriate to establish diplomatic links with Vietnam. However, we and our partners are keeping this under continuing review.