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Costa Rica targets VN partnership

Update: October, 29/2013 - 08:54
Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) and Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jose Enrique Castillo-Barrantes in Ha Noi.—VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
HA NOI (VNS)  — Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jose Enrique Castillo-Barrantes and Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh discussed measures to enhance multifaceted ties yesterday.

Holding a dialogue with Minister Jose Enrique Castillo-Barrantes, Minh suggested that Costa Rica and Viet Nam's ministries of foreign affairs increase exchanges of delegations at all levels and regularly implement political consultations.

He said the two sides should speed up the signing of co-operation agreements to create a suitable legal framework for bilateral economic, trade and investment ties.

For his part, Minister Castillo-Barrantes affirmed Costa Rica's neutral foreign affairs policy for friendship, peace and co-operation and the country's policy to develop a co-operative relationship with the Asia Pacific, including Viet Nam. He said this relationship would focus on sectors where both sides could potentially support each other such as trade, agriculture, tourism, culture and education.

He said Costa Rica hoped to foster co-operation with the South East Asian region through Viet Nam.

The two ministers also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern, agreeing to continue promoting co-ordination between the two countries in international organisations and multilateral forums for the benefits of the two peoples and peace, stability and development of the two regions and the world.

Working together

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) receives Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jose Enrique Castillo Barrantes in Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

Meeting with Costa Rica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jose Enrique Castillo Barrantes, who is on a working visit to Viet Nam, Nguyen Tan Dung said he wanted the two countries to continue supporting each other in multilateral forums and political consultations.

He also suggested the two sides co-operate in building legal frameworks, including an agreement on double tax avoidance and investment protection, to strongly increase bilateral trade value.

Dung said he hoped Costa Rica would be a bridge between Viet Nam and Latin American countries in the fields of economics, trade and investment.

For his part, Barrantes expressed deep condolences over the recent passing of the revered General Vo Nguyen Giap and said his visit aims to foster co-operation in various areas, especially in business and investment.

He confirmed that during the visit both sides discussed many measures to increase bilateral co-operation and underlined the need to sign agreements on investment, education and culture.

Costa Rica was willing to support Viet Nam in strengthening relations with other Latin American nations, he affirmed. — VNS

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