|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan meets with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Sofia yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
SOFIA (VNS) — Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev met Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan in Sofia yesterday, and stated that Bulgaria wants to further bolster friendship and all-round cooperation with Viet Nam.
Plevneliev affirmed that his country views Viet Nam as an important partner in Southeast Asia, and declared support for the country in developing relations with the European Union, as well as in the negotiations for a free-trade deal with the bloc.
The president pledged to back Bulgarian investors to expand investment in Viet Nam, especially in the fields of energy, wastewater treatment and pharmaceuticals, as well as food processing, science and technology and tourism.
He also called for Vietnamese investments in Bulgaria's seafood processing sector, noting that his country has advantages such as low-lying land and low-cost labour.
For her part, Vice President Doan spoke highly of the host's visit to Viet Nam last year, as well as Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresasky's visit in April 2014, saying that the visits boosted the growth of bilateral ties.
Both sides agreed that in the future, the two countries should maintain regular exchanges of delegations at all levels, and coordinate closely in organising activities to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2015.
They agreed that bilateral trade and investment co-operation still remain below potential, which can be improved once the Viet Nam-European Union free-trade agreement is signed.
They concurred that collaboration in education and training is a priority in bilateral partnership, and committed to creating favourable conditions for student exchanges.
President Plevneliev highly valued the contributions of the Vietnamese community in his country, describing them a positive factor in national development as well as the growth of bilateral ties.
Both the host and the guest agreed to enhance mutual support at regional and international forums, especially the United Nations and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEAM). — VNS