|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh meets with Swedish Secretary of Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has called upon Sweden to continue supporting Viet Nam in expanding cooperation with the European Union (EU), and in negotiating the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement.
At a meeting yesterday with Swedish Secretary of Foreign Affairs Frank Belfrage in Ha Noi, Ninh expressed his gratitude to the Swedish Parliament for its approval of the Viet Nam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
Welcoming Belfrage as the chair of the Ha Noi conference of Swedish ambassadors in Asia, he described the meeting as a meaningful activity to mark the 45th anniversary of Viet Nam-Sweden diplomatic ties.
He noted the meaningful development in the two countries' cooperation in recent years, citing two-way trade in 2013 that exceeded US$1 billion, up 24 per cent from 2012.
For his part, Belfrage thanked the Vietnamese government for helping Sweden organise the conference of Swedish ambassadors in Asia. — VNS