HA NOI — Viet Nam always attaches importance to maintaining, consolidating and developing ties with traditional friends, including Armenia in its diplomatic policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation.
|President Truong Tan Sang (left) and the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan review the guard of honour in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
President Truong Tan Sang made the statement at talks with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in Ha Noi yesterday.
Sang hailed President Sargsyan's visit as an important milestone in strengthening friendship and traditional cooperation between the two countries, especially at a time when Viet Nam and Armenia were preparing activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
President Sargsyan expressed his delight at visiting Viet Nam for the first time. He praised its renewal achievements, which have raised the country's position and prestige in the region and the world.
The two sides agreed to further increase the exchanges of delegations at all levels, particularly the high-ranking, and boost collaboration between the two countries' ministries and departments, towards laying a solid foundation for expanding bilateral economic, trade and investment ties, among others.
They agreed to create a legal framework for economic and trade cooperation. An Inter-Governmental Committee for economic-trade and science – technology cooperation should be established as early as possible, they said.
The leaders also stressed the need to resume cooperation in education and training, and increase cultural exchanges between the two peoples in the new period.
Sang thanked Armenia for supporting Viet Nam in running for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2014 – 16 tenure. He said he believed the two countries would continue supporting and closely working with each other at multilateral forums.
President Sang and his Armenia counterpart witnessed the signing of agreements on cooperation in economics, trade and science-technology, visa waiver for official and diplomatic passport holders, and cooperation between the two foreign ministries.
Following the talks, the two leaders adopted a Joint Statement on the outcomes of President Sargsyan's visit to Viet Nam, which says the two sides acknowledged each other's full market economy status.
The two sides will also negotiate the signing of agreements on plant and animal quarantine, and on mutual recognition of each other's quality certification of products, culture, sports and customs to support bilateral trade in the coming time.
On the same day, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong met the Armenian President.
Trong affirmed that Viet Nam always attached importance to relations with traditional friendly countries such as Armenia. He expressed his pleasure over the development of political relations between the two countries in recent years and desired to develop good relations and bilateral co-operation in the near future for the mutual benefit of the two countries.
For his part, Sargsyan said Armenia considered Viet Nam a close and reliable partner in Southeast Asia and stressed the promotion of multifaceted co-operation with Viet Nam, especially in the fields of economics, trade, education and training.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has affirmed that the Vietnamese Government would actively implement agreements reached during Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's visit to further develop the two countries' relations.
At a meeting with President Sargsyan in Ha Noi yesterday, Dung proposed the two sides continue to complete legal foundations for bilateral cooperation to facilitate two-way trade, increase the exchange of delegations at all levels, and organise trade promotion activities.
He also suggested that both sides quickly set up bilateral cooperation mechanisms to effectively implement cooperation in economics, trade, science-technology, education and training, and tourism.
Dung said he hoped the two countries would closely cooperate and assist each other at international forums, particularly the UN.
For his part, President Sargsyan affirmed that Armenia wanted to further boost economic, trade and investment cooperation with Viet Nam, calling for the quick establishment of an Inter-Government Committee and increased information exchange between the two countries' businesses.
He also said Armenia was willing to receive Vietnamese students to study in the country.
Also yesterday, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the National Assembly of the two countries should strengthen high-level delegation visits for information and legislative experience exchange, and enhance co-operation in multilateral parliaments and international organisations.
He added that the National Assembly of the two countries should actively co-operate in urging and supervising the Governments and ministries to implement the signed agreements between the two countries.
He took the occasion to congratulate Armenia for the success of its National Assembly election last month.
President Sargsyan proposed to establish a Parliamentary Friendship Group to promote co-operation in education, trade and economy.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed to establish an Intergovernmental Committee to further increase co-operative programs between the two countries. — VNS