|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Vanuatu counterpart Joe Natuman inspect a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Joe Natuman, who is visiting Viet Nam for the first time, wants his country to strengthen ties with Viet Nam in agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, trade and tourism.
Natuman met his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, in Ha Noi yesterday. He said he was grateful for Viet Nam's willingness to share experiences in integration and development.
Both leaders agreed to facilitate visits at all levels to achieve these goals.
Prime Minister Dung thanked the Vanuatu government for supporting the Vietnamese community in the island state, and its recognition of Viet Nam as a market economy.
Both host and guest said they were satisfied with bilateral co-ordination at forums, and vowed to continue to work together at the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and in the Francophone community.
On the East Sea issue, the Vanuatu PM said he backed Viet Nam and ASEAN's position on the peaceful settlement of the East Sea disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea.
The guest invited the PM to visit Vanuatu, and the latter accepted with pleasure.
Concluding the talks, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on technical co-operation and development.
President Sang also spoke of the possibility to enhance co-operation, especially in economics, in a separate meeting with the Vanuatu leader.
He said both sides should increase high-level activities and exchange their opinions at global forums.
He said he would like to meet the President of Vanuatu in the future.
Natuman briefed the President on the outcomes of his talks with PM Dung and confirmed that Viet Nam and Vanuatu would support each other at international forums despite their geographical distance.
The PM praised the contributions of Vietnamese to the island's development, saying they were a bridge between the two countries. — VNS