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PM lauds growing UK partnership

Update: November, 03/2014 - 09:12
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Ha Noi here last Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and the United Kingdom should continue implementing signed agreements and proposing new co-operation programmes, especially in economics, trade and investment.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the suggestion while receiving former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Ha Noi here last Saturday.

The Vietnamese leader said the Viet Nam-UK strategic partnership was further developing and remained beneficial to both sides.

He lauded the former prime minister's contributions to strengthening bilateral ties and expressed hopes that the UK would continue providing official development assistance to Viet Nam to enable it to meet Millennium Development Goals, including poverty reduction.

He praised the effective co-operation between Blair's office and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, particularly in foreign direct investment attraction and infrastructure development in the form of private public partnerships.

The Vietnamese prime minister also expressed hopes that the former UK prime minister would make further contributions to fostering the relationship between Viet Nam and the European Union, especially in speeding up the signing of the Viet Nam–EU Free Trade Agreement and the early ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

For his part, Blair pledged to do his best to beef up EU-Viet Nam relations and share experiences with the country in attracting foreign investment and promoting trade, education and training.

He also affirmed closer coordination with the Ministry of Planning and Investment and other concerned Vietnamese agencies in selecting domestic enterprises and prioritising infrastructure projects to attract foreign investment. — VNS

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