HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Ukraine agreed to expand bilateral co-operation in politics, economics-trade-investment, security, defence and agriculture during talks between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Ukrainian counterpart Mykola Azarov in Ha Noi yesterday.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) and his Ukraine counterpart Mykola Yanovych Azarov review Viet Nam's guard of honour yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
Dung described the visit as an opportunity for the two countries' leaders to discuss ways to encourage further bilateral cooperation.
The two sides pledged to create favourable conditions for their businesses to access each other's market.
Azarov welcomed Viet Nam's decision to expand investment in the Ukrainian market and increase exports of footwear, garments, wooden and agricultural products and seafood to the Eastern European country.
Dung affirmed that Viet Nam would create favourable conditions for Ukrainian companies seeking investment opportunities in areas such as mechanical engineering, mining, energy and aviation.
The two sides considered accelerating negotiations on a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) aimed at strengthening their trade and investment relations.
The PMs highly valued the operations of the Viet Nam-Ukraine Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic-Trade and Scientific-Technological Cooperation, stressing the role the committee could play in boosting bilateral economic cooperation.
The two sides agreed to continue working together in the fields of security-defence, science-technology, and education-training.
They also expressed pleasure at the success of the Ukraine Cultural Days in Viet Nam, which marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties, and at the co-ordination and mutual support between Viet Nam and Ukraine at international organisations and forums, including the United Nations. They pledged to continue supporting each other in the future.
The Ukrainian side affirmed that it was ready to support Viet Nam's candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-16 term, the UN Socio-economic Council for the 2016-18 term, and the UN Security Council for the 2020-21 term.
The Vietnamese side expressed its willingness to back Ukraine 's candidacy to the UN Security Council for the 2016-17 term, the UN Human Rights Council for the 2018-20 term, and the UN Socio-economic Council for the 2019-21 term.
After the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of several cooperation documents between the two countries in the fields of tourism and science-technology.
Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong also received Azarov in Ha Noi yesterday. He spoke highly of the visit, saying it marked a new step in the two nations' relationship.
Trong said he hoped the Ukraine Government would continue offering favourable conditions for Vietnamese communities to live and work in the country.
He also wished the Party of Regions would continue upholding its position as a leading party in Ukraine.
Azarov said the Party of Regions treasures ties with the Communist Party of Viet Nam and would make every effort to implement the signed co-operation agreement between the two sides.
He also said Ukraine viewed Viet Nam as an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region.
The guest also had separate meetings with President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung on the same day to discuss ways to bolster two-way trade and relations between parliaments.
The Ukrainian delegation wrapped up its two-day visit to Viet Nam yesterday. — VNS