|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrives to a warm welcome at the Vnukovo 2 Airport in Moscow yesterday, beginning a four-day official visit to Russia. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung.
MOSCOW (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Moscow yesterday, beginning a week-long (November 23-28) official visit to Russia and Belarus.
The visit, made at the invitations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, aims to strengthen the traditional ties friendship and co-operation with both nations.
Trong heads a high-ranking delegation of Party and Government officials including Ngo Van Du, member of the Politburo and head of the Party Central Committee's Inspection Commission; Tran Quoc Vuong, head of the Party Central Committee Office; Hoang Trung Hai, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Viet Nam-Russia Co-operation Committee; and Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Viet Nam and Russia have seen rapid development of bilateral relations in recent years, with their comprehensive strategic partnership growing deeply and effectively in a number of fields, officials said.
They also enjoy a high level of political trust. Two-way trade reached almost US$4 billion in 2013, and has exceeded $1.8 billion in the first eight months of this year.
Viet Nam and Belarus also enjoy time-honoured friendship and co-operation reflected in continuous growth in political ties.
Two-way trade reached $152 million in 2013, with Vietnamese imports totalling $138.3 million.
The two countries see prospects for further co-operation in labour export. — VNS