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Viet Nam, Kuwait step up oil, gas ties

Update: October, 23/2013 - 08:50

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil Mustafa Al-Shamali. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam considered Kuwait as one of the country's most important economic partners and wished to further enhance relationship with the Gulf state, especially in the field of oil and gas.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while meeting with visiting Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil Mustafa Al-Shamali in Ha Noi yesterday.

He applauded the minister's visit during which he would attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa, scheduled for today.

The Prime Minister used the occasion to thank the Kuwaiti State for supporting flood victims in Viet Nam's central region as well as its assistance to help Viet Nam access loans for rural infrastructure projects through the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

The leader expressed his hope that Kuwait would help Viet Nam to train personnel for the oil and gas sector and consider welcoming Vietnamese guest workers.

He spoke highly of the Kuwaiti Government's role in the implementation of the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical project, especially the country's commitment to providing crude oil for the complex.

Dung asked the Kuwaiti Government to instruct and assist the Kuwait Limited Liability Company, one of the project's investors, to ensure the project's progress, contributing to each country's development and friendship between the two nations.

For his part, Mustafa Al-Shamali said Viet Nam and Kuwait still had a lot of potential for co-operation, voicing his hope for further links in energy, industry and oil and gas.

The minister pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to invest in Kuwait and affirmed his readiness to back Vietnamese human resources in the oil and gas sector.

The Kuwaiti State had decided to send US$3 million in support for victims of the recent tropical storm in the central region of Viet Nam, he said. — VNS

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