HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday and met with international politicians on the sideline of the event.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his wife arrive at Seoul Military Airport. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
The Vietnamese Government leader, together with more than 50 other country leaders, was greeted by South Korean President Lee Myung Bak in the afternoon.
In his sideline meeting with French Prime Minister François Fillon, Dung said the multifaceted co-operation between Viet Nam and France had been growing well and was on track to establish a "strategic partnership".
The two Government leaders agreed to exchange more high-ranking delegations in the next two years and enhance trade co-operation, particularly in energy, aeronautics, transport infrastructure, education and training.
Dung thanked the French Government for donating US$133.3 million in 2009 to build the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology, which was seen as a symbol of friendship between the countries.
The French Government leader promised to grant more master and doctoral scholarships to the university and help train its lecturers.
Fillon also said France supported Viet Nam's willingness to host the Francophonie Summit in 2014.
In another meeting with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, the Vietnamese PM shared his sympathy over the sudden death of German ambassador to Ha Noi Claus Wunderlich last month, appreciating the diplomat's contributions to the bilateral strategic partnership last year.
The two sides agreed to continue co-operating to effectively implement the strategic partnership agreements.
Showing his gratitude towards the official development assistance granted by the German Government, Dung spoke highly of the effects of Germany's aids on the environment, sustainable development and healthcare.
The two sides appreciated the Viet Nam - Germany University project. The German foreign minister asked relevant organisations to further discuss the possibility of the two governments' co-sponsoring the university.
The Vietnamese PM also met with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal on the sideline of the world's event. The two showed their happiness over their all-out bilateral ties, particularly in coping with climate change.
The Dutch politician confirmed his Government's commitment to supporting Viet Nam's capacity building in international laws, especially marine laws. He said the Netherlands would soon select Vietnamese applicants to research marine law in his country. — VNS