|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
He affirmed the nation's consistent policy to deepen bilateral ties with Italy and expressed pleasure at the ongoing development of friendship and co-operation, reflected in the recent signing of an action plan on implementing the Viet Nam-Italy strategic partnership.
He also expressed hope that Enrico Letta would continue contributing to the development of bilateral co-operation in security, defence, economy, trade, education, and interpersonal exchange, as well as at regional and international forums.
Dung sought Italy's support for the early signing of a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the EU alongside its backing of Viet Nam and ASEAN's stance on the East Sea issue.
Enrico Letta responded that Italy had always attached importance to enhancing ties with Viet Nam. He said deepening co-operation between the two countries had brought practical benefits to Italy.
He reiterated support for settling East Sea disputes through peaceful means and on the basis of international law.
Also yesterday, the former Italian PM was received by Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. They exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern. — VNS