HA NOI — Trade and culture co-operation between Moscow city and Ha Noi and HCM City were praised by President Nguyen Minh Triet at a meeting with the former's First Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin yesterday.
Triet told Resin in Ha Noi that important projects under way in culture and trade were evidence of the nations' strong friendship and that Resin's visit was important to strengthening co-operation between the cities and the two nations.
He said ties would be bolstered further by visits later this year to Russia by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and Triet and to Viet Nam by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Triet also thanked Moscow city authorities for their support of Vietnamese living in Russia. He said the Vietnamese remembered the affection and support the Russians had given the country.
For his part, Resin said he was impressed by Viet Nam's development and he informed Triet of developments in trade ties between the cities.
Resin added that the number of Russians visiting Viet Nam had increased sharply after the latter's decision to waive visas for Russia citizens who stay in the country less than 15 days.
Soon, each city would set up culture and trade centres in corresponding cities, he said.
Resin said Moscow city authorities were always willing to support Ha Noi and HCM City in urban planning and underground construction.
Deputy Major Vladimir Resin also met with HCM City Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai on the same day to discuss the construction of the Moscow trade centre in HCM City.
"Commercial retail centres help increase export-import turnover for both sides," Resin affirmed.
He also said that Moscow's authorities would introduce leading Russian experts and underground planning consultants to advise HCM City authorities on the construction of the city's metro railway in the near future.
Hai suggested that the two cities exert themselves to construct the retail and commercial centre and said he believed that the special historic relationship between Viet Nam and Russia would help foster successful co-operation in the future.
A co-operation framework between Viet Nam and Russia has been established with the aim of increasing cultural and artistic exchanges between the two countries over the next two years.
Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh and Russian Minister of Culture Alexander A. Avdeyev signed the agreement yesterday.
Anh said both sides would celebrate Russian cultural days in Viet Nam in November and Vietnamese cultural days in Russia next year.
The Russian celebrations in Viet Nam, to be held in Ha Noi, Hue and HCM City, would include a wide varieties of cultural activities, including art shows, galleries and a Russian film festival, said the Russian minister.
The two countries would also create favourable conditions for direct co-operation between their libraries, museums, theatres, and cultural heritage associations, said Anh.
As part of the programme, experts would be exchanged across fields of music, theatre and folk arts, he said.
The Russian senior official said both countries would strengthen exchanges of professionals in arts, culture and education.
While receiving the Russian guest yesterday, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said Viet Nam appreciated cultural co-operation with Russia and considered it a crucial foundation to support a sustainable friendship between the two countries.
The Vietnamese Government would do their best, together with the Russian Government, to effectively implement co-operative agreements signed by the two sides, thus raising bilateral ties to more committed and sustainable level, he added. — VNS