HA NOI — State President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday that Viet Nam always highly valued its co-operation with the European Union (EU) in economic, trade and investment activities, and attached importance to the EU's assistance to the country's economic development.
He made this statement while receiving EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs who is paying a working visit to Viet Nam.
Sang asked the EU to continue providing aid to the country, especially in the fields of education, health, hunger eradication and poverty reduction.
He also expressed his belief that the EU's technical assistance in the field of trade would help the country fully implement its WTO commitments which were hampering its international economic integration.
Piebalgs said the EU pledged to continue offering official development assistance and non-refundable aid to the country. However, their nature would change because Viet Nam had become a middle-income country.
He said that he hoped the two sides would start negotiations on their Free Trade Agreement soon, and affirmed that the EU was willing to share its experiences with Viet Nam in coping with climate change.
He appreciated Viet Nam's efforts to accomplish the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.
President Sang emphasised that the country would be a bridge for EU members to enter the ASEAN market.
He also agreed that the Partnership Agreement, Comprehensive Partnership Agreement and Free Trade Agreement would serve as a base to boost the two sides' relations in economy, trade and investment.
On the same day, receiving Romanian Ambassador Dumitru Olaru who is ending his working term in Viet Nam, Sang suggested that Viet Nam and Romania continue their tight co-operation at international forums and organisations.
He expressed his hope that Romania would support Viet Nam's nomination to the United Nations' Human Rights Council and Security Council for the 2020-21 term.
The President also expressed his thanks to Romania for its assistance to Viet Nam in the past, and sent his regards to the Romanian President.
Ambassador Olaru affirmed that the two countries' diplomatic relations had made encouraging progress in recent times, and informed Sang that the Romanian President planned to pay a working visit to Viet Nam in the near future to boost bilateral relations.
He thanked the Vietnamese Government for awarding him the Friendship Medal, and relevant agencies for helping him accomplish his tasks during his working term.
He said he hoped that his successor would further boost bilateral co-operation in his country's fields of strength, such as oil and agriculture. — VNS