|Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Basile Ikouebe.— VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan
HA NOI (VNS) — Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Basile Ikouebe has announced his government's official recognition of Viet Nam's full market economy status.
Talking with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Ha Noi yesterday, the Congolese diplomat also voiced hope that Congolese President Denis Sassou N'guesso would pay an official visit to Viet Nam in 2014.
He said he had high expectations for the organisation of the Viet Nam - Congo Intergovernmental Committee's meeting next year and the starting of negotiations on important bilateral co-operative agreements in economics, education, agro-forestry, oil and gas.
This is the first official visit to Viet Nam by a Congolese minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties on July 16, 1964.
For his part, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh affirmed that Viet Nam always attached importance to boosting co-operation with African countries, including the Republic of Congo.
During the talks, host and guest reviewed the bilateral co-operation over the past time and reached consensus on concrete measures to implement the linkage in various areas.
Both held that the solidarity, traditional friendship and effective co-ordination between Viet Nam and Congo at the United Nations, Francophone and regional and international forums would serve as a firm political foundation to promote co-operative ties.
They also compared notes on several issues of regional and international concern. — VNS