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Viet Nam, EU to officially conclude FTA talks next week

Update: November, 25/2015 - 08:41

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with the Ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, Bruno Angelet, in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) will sign an agreement on the official conclusion of negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) during a Vietnamese leader's working trip to the EU headquarters next week, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said during his reception for the Ambassador and head of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, Bruno Angelet, yesterday.

He described the EU – Viet Nam FTA as a milestone in promoting the two sides' economic, trade and investment cooperation as well as their all-round partnership to a new height.

During the upcoming visit to the European Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, the Vietnamese side will also discuss major orientations for and measures enhancing bilateral ties with the EU leaders, he noted. The PM asked the EU to urge its remaining member nations to approve the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) between the two sides as soon as possible.

At the meeting, Angelet shared the view on the two sides' thriving affiliations and expressed his belief in their brighter future. In his view Viet Nam is one of the leading ASEAN partners of the EU. Their cooperation will be reinforced beyond economics, trade and investment up into strategic fields of politics, diplomacy and security.

The EU shares the development goals and orientations of Viet Nam, which has reaped substantial development achievements in the past decades. — VNS

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