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Viet Nam, Turkey vow greater effort to boost ties

Update: May, 18/2011 - 09:44
HA NOI – Vietnam and Turkey need to step up efforts to boost bilateral ties as there is great potential for co-operation in economics, education and training, science and technology between the two countries.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving outgoing Turkish Ambassador Ates Oktem in Ha Noi yesterday. The Government leader spoke highly of the Ambassador's contributions to developing the Vietnam-Turkish friendship and co-operation during his term of office.

The Turkish Ambassador said that during his time in office, relations between Viet Nam and Turkey had strengthened, with two-way trade reaching US$850 million in 2010.

The two sides are currently completing the signing of investment encouragement and double taxation avoidance agreements, which are expected to accelerate trade and investment between Viet Nam and Turkey, he added.

Yesterday, President Nguyen Minh Triet and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem also received the Turkish Ambassador.

Politburo member receives top Indian lawmaker

HA NOI- Politburo member and permanent member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central CommitteeTruong Tan Sang yesterday received the Indian Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar.

He used the occasion to affirm that India had Vietnam's backing in its bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council when the council was expanded. At the same time, he said he believed India would excel in fulfilling its tasks as a UNSC non-permanent member in the 2011-2012 term.

Kumar responded saying the Indian government and parliament would do their utmost, together with Viet Nam, to boost the strategic partnership between the two countries. This included accelerating the partnership's effectiveness and ensuring it matched the interest of the two peoples.

She also affirmed that as part of its "Look East" policy, India continued to attach importance to developing ties with ASEAN, especially Viet Nam. — VNS

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