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Viet Nam, Timor Leste to foster comprehensive ties

Update: September, 05/2013 - 09:20
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste's Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam and Timor Leste have agreed to enhance bilateral ties following an official visit by Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao yesterday.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held talks with his Timor Leste counterpart, where both leaders agreed that their governments would work together to sign an agreement promoting co-operation in investment, food security, energy production and tourism.

The two leaders also vowed to implement the Viet Nam-Timor Leste Framework Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation signed in April, 2010 and hold the first session of the Inter-Governmental Committee.

Both leaders praised the agreement to boost trade between the two countries, describing it as an important legal foundation for bilateral economic and commercial links.

Both sides pledged close cooperation in multilateral forums, while Viet Nam confirmed it will work with ASEAN member countries to back Timor Leste's bid for membership.

President Truong Tan Sang (R) receives the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste's Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo

Discussing tensions in the East Sea, the two PMs agreed on the importance of maritime security, peace and stability in the region; while PM Gusmao expressed support for ASEAN's official stance enshrined in the Six-Point Principles on the East Sea.

Following the signing of a trade agreement, PM Dung stressed the visit was an important milestone in the history of both nations; while the Timor Leste PM pledged to provide favourable conditions to Vietnamese firms investing in his country.

On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception for the Timor Leste PM who expressed his hope to learn from Viet Nam's economic development. He said he had been accompanied by ministers who were keen to improve education and attract investment to Timor Leste.

President Sang praised the results of the talks held between the two Prime Ministers, urging the need for more agreements on promoting investment and agricultural development between the two countries. — VNS

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