HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam always attaches importance to consolidating and developing friendship and co-operation with international friends, including Serbia, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has affirmed.
He made the comments at talks with his visiting Serbian counterpart Ivan Mrkic in Ha Noi on Friday.
Minh described Mrkic's visit from February 27 to March 2 as an important milestone in the two countries' growing traditional relations.
He expressed his delight at the Serbian people's achievements during the country's construction and development as well as its regional and international integration.
Mrkic said that the celebration of their 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2012 created a new momentum for Viet Nam and Serbia's developing relationship.
He spoke highly of the great achievements Viet Nam made during its renewal process, affirming that Serbia hopes to expand and further intensify its traditional friendship with Viet Nam.
The Serbian top diplomat said that there was much potential for Viet Nam-Serbia economic and trade ties to grow, and asked the two sides to closely co-ordinate in fostering bilateral direct trade.
Both sides said they are pleased with the fine development of bilateral political ties and regular exchanges of all-level delegations, and affirmed that the two countries would continue to increase meetings of their leaders, even at international forums.
The two ministers highly valued the official signings of an agreement on double taxation avoidance and an arrangement on mutual recognition of market economy status and agreed to soon complete negotiations to sign an agreement on economic co-operation and another on investment encouragement and protection.
At the talks, the two sides also exchanged views on measures to intensify cultural exchange, foster people exchanges and develop tourism between Viet Nam and Serbia.
The two FMs appreciated the initial results of the student exchange programme between the two nations, and affirmed their willingness to negotiate and sign an agreement on educational co-operation and the increase of student and postgraduate exchanges.
They also exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of mutual concern. — VNS