PRAGUE (VNS) — Viet Nam and the Czech Republic have agreed to enhance the operation of their intergovernmental economic co-operation committee.
They have also agreed to encourage firms to invest in an effort to boost two-way trade.
The agreement was reached in Prague on Thursday at meetings between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and senior Czech officials, including Deputy PM Pavel Belobradek, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, and Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mladek.
Minh suggested that the Czech side increase imports of rice, rubber, coffee and seafood.
The Czechs offered to consider Viet Nam's bid to run for a seat in the UN Economic and Social Council for 2016-18 and the UN Security Council for 2020-21.
They are also committed to an early conclusion of an EU-Viet Nam free-trade agreement.
The hosts said Viet Nam had been a crucial factor in developing peace, stability and development in the region , adding that they considered Viet Nam an important partner in Southeast Asia.
Regarding the East Sea issue, Zaoralek said the Czech Republic backed the settlement of all disputes by peaceful measures in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Minh thanked the Czech government for its recognition of the Vietnamese community there as the country's 14th ethnic minority group.
Both sides said they hoped President Truong Tan Sang would pay an official visit to the European nation when appropriate. — VNS