HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday reiterated Viet Nam's support to India's eastward policy.
Sang was speaking to Rajiv K. Bhatia, director general of the Indian Council of World Affairs at a reception in the capital city.
Sang said he highly appreciated the traditional friendship between the two countries and the successful strategic partnership that had been forged.
He thanked India for granting official development aid to Viet Nam.
"However, although trade relations between the two countries have had some success, they are not up to their potential," Sang said.
He said he was convinced that the cultural similarities between the two nations would help consolidate the solidarity between Vietnamese and Indian people.
"When direct flights from Ha Noi to New Delhi are established,the two nations will have more opportunities to increase trade and cultural exchanges," Sang said.
Vice Minister Rajiv Bhatia thanked Viet Nam for supporting India at regional and international forums and asked it to help Indian firms wanting to do business.
Bhatia is in Viet Nam for a workshop titled Future Directions for Viet Nam-India Strategic Partnership.
On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang received a delegation of the South Korean Supreme Court led by the Minister of National Court Administration Cha Han-sung.
The South Korean Supreme Court also had talks with the Supreme People's Court of Viet Nam and the two courts agreed to continue to strengthen bilateral relations and promote judicial co-operation.
Speaking at talks here yesterday, Chief Judge of the Viet Nam Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh said the Vietnamese court system would undergo comprehensive changes by 2020.
Binh said Viet Nam would issue an amended law on the organisation of the People's Court in the near future.
In reply, the Minister of National Court Administration in South Korea, Cha Han-sung, spoke highly of the renovation of the Viet Nam Supreme People's Court, which, he said, would enhance its position in the region.
The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on judicial co-operation. This is intended to increase information exchanges and improve the training of court staff and raising the qualifications of judges.
South Korea will train Vietnamese judicial officials in South Korea and also send judicial experts to support Viet Nam in the application of information technology in management, personnel training, statistics and legal precedents.
Before he left, Binh presented a Friendship Medal to the President of the Korea International Co-operation Agency Park Dae-won. — VNS