|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) Receives UK Minister without Portfolio Grant Shapps in Hanoi on January 6.— VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam will join hands with the United Kingdom (UK) to deepen the two countries' relations, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said.
Receiving British Minister without Portfolio Grant Shapps yesterday, Dam urged both countries to intensify economic co-operation, as well as trade and investment promotion activities.
He also expressed hope that Britain would back Viet Nam's negotiations for a free trade agreement with the EU, while continuing to provide official development assistance to Viet Nam. Viet Nam wishes for further British investment in the education sector, he added.
Grant Shapps said the UK continues to place importance on developing its cooperation with Viet Nam and would try its best to implement previous agreements reached by the two countries.
British businesses are very interested in investing in Viet Nam and are hoping that the Vietnamese Government will create favourable conditions for them to invest in property, construction, educational services and machinery manufacturing in the Southeast Asian country, he remarked.
He also proposed that the two sides strengthen cultural exchanges and economic co-operation.
The UK is willing to share its experiences with Viet Nam, so that the country can successfully host the 2019 Asian Games (ASIAD), which will further contribute to deepening the friendship and mutual understanding between the two nations, he added.—VNS