HA NOI — Viet Nam will provided concrete guidance to relevant ministries and agencies in implementing joint co-operation with Venezuela in industry, energy, agriculture and training as planned, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.
He made the statement while receiving Venezuelan Foreign Relations Vice-Minister for Asia, the Middle East and Oceania, Davis Velasquez Caraballo in Ha Noi yesterday.
Hai said Viet Nam and Venezuela have seen strong development in friendship and comprehensive co-operation in politics and diplomacy, trade, investment, energy, oil and gas and culture and education. He highlighted the practical and strategic progresses in joint projects such as the Junin 2 oil and gas block and production of Dien Quang light bulbs.
The two sides regularly exchanged high-ranking visits, particularly during the second meeting of the joint governmental committee in Venezuela in April, the Deputy PM noted.
Vice Minister Caraballo said he hopes the two countries will make more efforts to establish co-operation in investment in industry, agriculture, tourism and telecommunications. He also reiterated the traditional friendship between the two nations.
At the meeting, the two sides agreed to support each other at international forums, making a positive contribution to protecting their legitimate rights and the development of the two countries.
Earlier, Vice Minister Caraballo met with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong in Ha Noi.
At the events, both sides discussed measures to promote comprehensive partnership between the two countries.
The Vietnamese side congratulated Venezuela on its recent socio-economic achievements and its official admission to the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), and highly valued Venezuela's role in regional organisations, including the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA).
The Venezuelan guest agreed to speed up the implementation of co-operation documents and the signing of new agreements to expand bilateral co-operation in potential fields such as construction, agriculture and education.
The two sides discussed an action plan to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral diplomatic ties, which will come in 2014.
They agreed to enhance co-ordination and support each other at international organisations and forums to which both countries are members, especially the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement and the South-South co-operation forum.
Hosts and guests also reached consensus on further promoting Southeast Asian-Latin American co-operation through existing mechanisms. — VNS