PRETORIA (VNS)— Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its partnership with South Africa in socio-politics and trade, investment and tourism, a senior Party official has declared.
Hoang Binh Quan, Head of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) Central Committee's Commission for External Relations, made the statement during his meeting with Chris Mahlako, Secretary for International Relations of the South African Communist Party in Johannesburg on Monday.
He affirmed the CPV's desire to further consolidate and boost the two countries' friendship and co-operation along with effective co-ordination at multilateral and international forums to help enhance ties between Asia and Africa.
During the meeting, the two sides briefed each other on the development of each party and discussed international issues of common concern.
They agreed on the need to further foster bilateral co-operation between the two parties through conferences, information exchanges and delegation visits.
Quan underscored the strong solidarity between the two parties shown during each country's revolution.
Viet Nam always supported South Africa in its struggle against the Apartheid regime and became one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the African nation in 1993, he noted.
For his part, Mahlako said South Africa hopes that through Viet Nam, the country will receive a greater understanding of new development in the Asia-Pacific region.
In an African visit beginning at the start of June, Quan and his entourage have also visited the United Republic of Tanzania and the Kingdom of Morocco, holding meetings with leaders in the two countries to discuss co-operation and exchange experience. — VNS