HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday affirmed that Viet Nam was willing to enhance co-operative relations with Ukraine while acting as a bridge for the country to access the ASEAN community.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Ukrainian Foreign Minister K. Grishenko in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
He made the statement at a reception for Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Grishenko during his two-day working visit to Viet Nam.
Dung praised the two countries' current co-operative agreements saying they helped deepen their traditional relations.
The PM suggested the two sides negotiate a Free Trade Agreement, creating favourable conditions for Viet Nam's seafood products to enter Ukraine's market, increasing scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in Ukraine and supporting the overseas Vietnamese community in Ukraine.
In turn, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister said his visit aimed to implement co-operative agreements approved during Dung's visit to his country last October, especially in the fields of economy, trade and investment.
Grishenko affirmed his country's effective implementation of agreements reached at the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Commission on economic, trade, science and technology co-operation between the two sides.
He said Ukraine would support Viet Nam in potential areas of energy, machine assembling and military training.
On the same day, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with his Ukrainian counterpart.
The two sides lauded their comprehensive partnership and co-operative relations, acknowledged in the Joint Statement issued by the two nations' leaders in March last year.
The two sides agreed to boost bilateral co-operative relations in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education and training, science and technology as well as support each other at international forums. — VNS