|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with outgoing Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Viet Nam, Franz Jessen in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday expressed high appreciation of the contributions to bilateral ties made by Franz Jessen, outgoing Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Viet Nam.
Receiving Jessen in Ha Noi yesterday, he called for expedited approval of the Viet Nam-EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and for acceleration of EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
He said the EU should recognise Viet Nam as a market economy and establish stronger co-operation in many areas including economy, trade, investment, tourism, development assistance, and regional and global issues.
Jessen noted that Viet Nam's exports to the EU were growing at an average of 15 per cent each year. He said the EU's official development assistance commitments to Viet Nam will increase by over 32 per cent in the next seven years.
He said the EU is concerned about the East Sea issue and insisted that disputes between parties concerned be addressed by peaceful means and on the basis of international law.
New envoy welcomed
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives the new Hungarian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Csaba Ory in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Also yesterday, PM Dung met with the new Hungarian Ambassador to Viet Nam, Csaba Ory.
He said the two nations should reinforce bilateral ties in economics, trade, investment and tourism, agreeing with Ory that collaboration should be promoted in culture, arts, media and people-to-people exchange.
Dung welcomed Hungary's decision to double scholarships to 100 Vietnamese students and launch projects funded by Hungarian official development assistance (ODA), including the Can Tho Tumour Hospital, Red River water treatment and population management in Hai Phong. He said he would direct relevant agencies to implement these projects effectively.
Ory said Hungary considers Viet Nam a traditional partner and a strategic partner. He announced Hungary's decision to grant the Hungarian State Order to Vietnamese Professor Vu Khieu for his contributions to strengthening ties between the two countries.
He also said that the Hungarian Prime Minister would visit Viet Nam at a suitable time. — VNS