HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received visiting Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in the capital yesterday.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman in the capital yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
The PM highly valued the outcomes of talks between the two foreign ministers and said the visit by FM Timerman would contribute to promoting co-operation in many fields.
He affirmed Viet Nam's wish to strengthen multifaceted ties with Argentina, saying that the two countries need better co-operation at multilateral forums and should boost two-way trade to surpass the current level of US$1 billion.
PM Dung agreed with the FM's proposals on increasing bilateral co-operation in protecting the environment and coping with climate change and rising sea levels.
He said that coping with climate change is a global issue, so that developed countries need to have a bigger responsibility and work closely with developing nations to effectively deal with the issue.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman to discuss measures in strengthening the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
Both host and guest agreed on boosting their bilateral partnership in fields such as foreign relations, trade and investment, energy and oil, health care, agriculture as well as science and technology.
Minh said the two sides should arrange more exchange visits and generate more activities for inter-Governmental committees alongside developing a political consultation mechanism between the two foreign ministries.
Timerman affirmed Argentina would promote investment co-operation particularly in hydro-power and wind power projects.
He said Argentina was poised to share its experiences and provide technical assistance to Viet Nam in the fields of agriculture, anthropology and international integration negotiations.
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 and Forum for East Asia-Latin America Co-operation to protect legitimate rights and heighten the position of each.
Both ministers agreed that sovereignty and territorial disputes be settled by peaceful measures and in accordance with international laws.
Following the talks, the two ministers signed an agreement on South-south Co-operation and an action plan for 2012-13 aimed at implementing a memorandum between the two foreign ministries on the negotiation of economics and commerce. — VNS