BUENOS AIRES (VNS)— Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman described the 40th anniversary of Viet Nam – Argentina diplomatic ties as an ideal occasion for the countries to reaffirm their commitment to bolstering friendship and co-operation.
At a meeting in Buenos Aires on Friday, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman made clear his country was interested in developing further strategic ties with Viet Nam, as evidenced by President Cristina Fernandez's visit to the country early this year.
He noted that Argentina was looking forward to President Truong Tan Sang's visit in 2014.
Viet Nam's visiting Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh responded by hailing the thriving co-operation seen recently in many areas, especially culture, which he described as a crucial bridge in forging a close relationship between the two governments and peoples.
He hoped events like the ongoing "Viet Nam Days in Argentina" and November's upcoming "Argentina cultural week in Viet Nam" would further develop cultural exchanges.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on October 25, 1973, Viet Nam and Argentina have inked scores of co-operation deals in a wide variety of sectors. Two-way trade topped US$1 billion for the first time in 2011.
In the first eight months of this year, the figure soared 48 percent to $1.92 billion. Viet Nam mainly ships footwear, electronics, rubber and garments to the South American country, while importing animal feed, animal and plant oil, seedlings and medicine. — VNS