|President Truong Tan Sang (left) meets with Hugarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
BUDAPEST (VNS) — Viet Nam and Hungary signed agreements on the extradition of criminals and the transfer of sentenced persons on Monday.
This was done during State President Truong Tan Sang's official visit to the European country.
Other co-operative documents were also signed, including a memorandum of understanding on co-operation between the Vietnamese Health Ministry and the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, a deal on sports, physical training and a cultural plan for 2014-2016.
The signings took place at meetings between President Sang, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament, Kover Laszlo.
The two sides said Viet Nam's stable economic growth and its market of 90-million people together with Hungary's strengths in pharmacy, agriculture, education training, information technology and processing farm produce were the foundation for the future.
|The two sides said Viet Nam's stable economic growth and its market of 90-million people together with Hungary's strengths in pharmacy, agriculture, education training, information technology and processing farm produce were the foundation for the future.—VNA/VNS Photo
Sang said he hoped Hungary would continue backing Viet Nam during negotiations for a free trade agreement and provide Official Development Assistance to the Southeast Asian country.
He pledged Viet Nam's willingness to help Hungary enhance linkages with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its member countries.
Sang attended a business forum yesterday that drew representatives from 300 leading Vietnamese and Hungarian businesses.
Sang said economic co-operation was an important motivator to strengthen the fine relations between the two countries.
He said the forum would help businesses in the two countries find co-operation opportunities, particularly in vocational training, agricultural production, breeding and energy. Sang affirmed that Viet Nam was willing to create favourable conditions for Hungarian businesses to invest in the country.
Apart from education and training, Viet Nam also had preferential policies for investors investing in agriculture, breeding and food production, he said.
Co-operation between the two countries would help create a co-operative network to help Hungarian businesses enter ASEAN and Asian markets as well as help Vietnamese businesses to enter European Union markets, Sang added.
Addressing the forum, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Navracsics Tibor said Hungary placed special attention on developing economic and trade relations with traditional friends, including Viet Nam.
Two-way trade between the two countries reached US$120 million in 2012. — VNS