Vietnamese foreign minister seeks focus on Global South at G7

Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son has expressed hope that issues facing emerging and developing countries are addressed during the Group of Seven summit, which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan, later this week.

Vietnam is one of the Southeast Asian nations invited to the expanded summit meeting.

On Tuesday, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son spoke to reporters ahead of his trip to Hiroshima, along with Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh.

He said, "We hope G7 members and participating countries will share with developing nations their lessons, best practices and effective methods for handling global issues, and help with challenges for sustainable development.

Son added his country also expects Japan, as the host nation and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, to lead efforts to secure a better environment.

The minister said, "We hope Japan will continue to promote its role and make active contributions toward creating peace and stability. We also want Tokyo to promote cooperation on global and regional problems, and support the sustainable growth of developing countries."