|President Truong Tan Sang meets with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on the last day of his State visit to the Czech Republic yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
PRAGUE (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang met Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on the last day of his State visit to the Czech Republic yesterday. The invite was made by President Milos Zeman.
Sang confirmed that Viet Nam wanted to enhance its friendship with countries in east-central Europe, with the Czech Republic as a priority.
He said he was satisfied with positive developments in both countries' political, diplomatic, trade and investment ties.
He asked the Central European country to provide official development assistance for Vietnamese projects involving the environment, forestation, waste treatment, public health and health insurance reform.
The Czeck Prime Minister described President Sang's State visit as an important milestone in the bilateral relationship, especially as the two countries are celebrating the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
He added that Viet Nam was a priority partner of the Czech Republic in Southeast Asia, adding that co-operation between the two countries had yet to be fully tapped.
As an active member of the European Union and a reliable partner of Viet Nam, the Czech Republic supported Viet Nam in intensifying relations with the EU, reflected through the country's ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Co-operation (PCA) and its efforts to hasten the early approval of the PCA and the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
The Prime Minister also pledged to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country to enable them to contribute more to the bilateral friendship.
The Vietnamese leader also received Vice Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, Jan Zahradil, in Prague.
President Sang then laid a wreath at the Vitkov National Monument and visited the National Museum.
He left Prague for Baku yesterday for a three-day official visit to Azerbaijan.
President Truong Tan Sang met with Czech professors and experts on Tuesday who have supported Viet Nam's struggle for independence and national development as part of his visit to the European country.
Among the participants, 80-year-old expert on Vietnamese studies Ivo Vasiljev interpreted for President Ho Chi Minh when a Czechoslovakian delegation visited Viet Nam in 1966. He was also the first Czech to translate the late leader's Nhat ky trong tu (Prison Diary) into the Czech language. Vasiljev acted as an interpreter during the recent press conference co-hosted by President Sang and his Czech counterpart.
Vladimir Nechyba, 95, was the deputy head of a geological delegation that assisted Viet Nam in the northern provinces of Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen from 1958 to 1962.
Participants also included Chairman of the Czech Republic-Viet Nam Friendship Association Marcel Winter, and Jovan Dezort – a former Ha Noi-based reporter of the Czechoslovakia News Agency from 1968-1972, who wrote a number of articles supporting Viet Nam.
Meeting with the Vietnamese President, some Czech attendees said they considered Viet Nam their second home having devoted significant time and effort to the country's development and protection.
They would continue contributing to the two nations' friendship and mutual understanding among the younger generations, they stressed.
The Vietnamese leader said his country appreciated the assistance from Czech experts, describing facilities built with Czechoslovakian aid such as the Viet Nam-Czechoslovakia Friendship Hospital, the Ha Noi Children's Palace and the Viet Nam-Czechoslovakia Lock Factory as evidence of the countries' close-knit ties.
He also said he hoped for further support from Czech experts for the development of bilateral relations.
Viet Nam and the Czech Republic planned to boost defence co-operation, according to Viet Nam's Deputy Minister of Defence Truong Quang Khanh during a meeting with his Czech counterpart Tomas Kuchta in Prague on Tuesday.
Khanh recommended accelerating the implementation of programmes signed between Vietnamese enterprises and the Czech Republic's Ministry of Defence, as well as extending personnel training activities for the Vietnamese People's Army.
Khanh also appreciated the co-operation between Viet Nam's National Military Academy and the Brno Military Academy in training and scientific research on military technology, expecting the co-operation to lead to new achievements.
Khanh touched upon the dialogue between President Sang and President Milos Zeman, during which the Czech Republic agreed to help Viet Nam participate in United Nations peacekeeping tasks and deal with bombs and mines left over from the war.
Czech Deputy Minister Kuchta said that his country's Ministry of Defence would maintain tight co-operation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence to implement co-operation contents agreed by the two ministries. — VNS