|President Truong Tan Sang (left) meets with General Director of the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Sergei Mikhailov. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (CNS) — President Truong Tan Sang received visiting General Director of the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Sergei Mikhailov in Ha Noi yesterday, suggesting he do more to foster the friendship between the two countries.
Sang highlighted Russia's assistance to Viet Nam during its past struggle for national liberation and current national construction, affirming that the help would always be remembered.
He suggested ITAR-TASS and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) increase the sharing of information in various areas, ranging from politics, investment and trade to society and culture, to reflect development co-operation and integration between the two nations.
Mikhailov expressed pleasure at being the first general director of ITAR-TASS to visit Viet Nam.
He took the occasion to extend condolences to the Vietnamese Party and State over the passing of General Vo Nguyen Giap, noting that the Russian people admired and respected the General, who made great contributions to the friendship between the two countries.
Recalling the operations of Soviet reporters in Viet Nam during the wartime, the ITAR-TASS official emphasised that mutual trust and understanding served as a good foundation for the two nations' news agencies to strengthen their co-operation.
Mikhailov informed the host that ITAR-TASS and VNA would hold a photo exhibition featuring the two countries' lands and people on the occasion of the upcoming visit to Viet Nam by President Vladimir Putin.
He affirmed that his agency would spare no effort to promote the traditional friendship between the two countries and boost co-operation between the two news agencies.
News agencies expand co-operation
Also yesterday, General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi and his counterpart from the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS Mikhailov sought ways to expand co-operation.
During their talks, the VNA leader said that over the past decades, ITAR-TASS had provided VNA with timely, accurate and diverse text and photos, especially those related to the former Soviet Union as well as Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (SNG) today.
Visits by senior officials and the regular exchange of reporters had helped strengthen mutual understanding between Viet Nam and Russia in general and between the two news agencies in particular, Loi said.
The co-operation agreement inked between VNA and ITAR-TASS had been expanded to a broader level, contributing to tightening the Viet Nam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership, he added.
Regarding information exchange co-operation, Loi said that the two sides had supplied one another with information in compliance with the agreement.
ITAR-TASS has paid attention to providing information related to Vietnamese people living in Russia, while VNA has actively used economic and sports news and news covering SNG countries provided by ITAR-TASS.
Mikhailov said that over the past 60 years, VNA had become a reliable information source for his agency, not only in Viet Nam but also in the Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific regions.
ITAR-TASS was willing to provide news needed by VNA and would discuss measures to expand information cooperation of mutual concern, he said.
VNA's online Vietnam Pictorial is the only Russian language newspaper published in Viet Nam, but it effectively contributes to fostering the traditional friendship between the two nations.
Over the past time, VNA and ITAR-TASS have actively exchanged delegations of senior officials and reporters to study each other's experience, thus further strengthening bilateral co-operation.
Additionally, ITAR-TASS has provided the VNA representative office in Russia with political, socio-economic, sports and cultural news, especially news about the Vietnamese community in Russia and SNG countries.
Meanwhile, VNA has actively assisted ITAR-TASS correspondents in Viet Nam in covering news and promoting their agency's relations with local agencies and organisations. — VNS