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Government leaders vow to strengthen ties with Chile

Update: March, 23/2012 - 09:29

 

President Truong Tan Sang and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique inspect the guard of honour during his visit in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khanh
HA NOI — Viet Nam has maintained the consistent diplomatic policy of attaching importance to its friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Chile.

President Truong Tan Sang made this statement at talks with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera Echenique in Ha Noi yesterday.

The two leaders said they hoped the implementation of a newly adopted bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would contribute to further increase two-way trade.

They reached a consensus to maintain regular high-level visits and political consultation activities between the two foreign ministries, as well as to put the Viet Nam – Chile Inter-Governmental Cooperation Committee into operation soon.

In addition to promoting cooperation in mining, metallurgy, agroforestry, fisheries, finance, telecommunications, hi-tech fields, environmental protection and coping with climate change, they also agreed to facilitate businesses' efforts to raise bilateral trade and serve as a bridge to each other's regional markets.

Discussing international and regional issues of mutual concern, the two sides agreed to continue working closely at multilateral forums and with organisations such as the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, APEC and WTO.

After the talks, the two leaders signed the Viet Nam– Chile Joint Statement.

President Sang also accepted with pleasure the Chilean President's invitation to pay an official visit to Chile in the near future.

The same day, at a meeting with National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, the Chilean President said Chile was determined to enhance comprehensive cooperation with Viet Nam. He also stressed a need to quickly realise the newly signed FTA in order for the two countries to see practical results.

Hung said he believed the visit would bring the Viet Nam – Chile comprehensive partnership to a new height to match the two peoples' potential and aspirations as well as increase friendly cooperation between Southeast Asia and South America.

He informed his guest of the signing of a cooperative agreement between the two legislative bodies during Chilean Senate President Guido Girardin Lavin's recent visit to Viet Nam, which he said would create a legal framework for the two sides to diversify cooperation.

Hung said he hoped the Chilean President would support bilateral cooperation, especially in the sharing of experiences in lawmaking.

The Vietnamese NA would continue promoting cooperation with the Chilean Parliament to boost friendships and create favourable conditions for the two governments to cooperate in many fields, Hung added.

The same day, the Chilean President paid a courtesy visit to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and met with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Dung said both sides should work toward increasing bilateral trade, particularly in the next five years, and affirmed Viet Nam's commitment to supporting Chile in extending relations with other ASEAN countries.

The Chilean President said his country would put further efforts to implement the Viet Nam-Chile Free Trade Agreement and provide favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods to enter the Chilean market. — VNS

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