|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (left) meets with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko yesterday in the capital city of Minsk. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
MINSK (VNS) — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong yesterday landed in the Belarusian capital of Minsk to start his official three-day visit at the invitation of President Alexander Lukashenko.
Two-way trade between Viet Nam and Belarus hit US$152 million in 2013, with Vietnamese imports totalling $138.3 million.
President Lukashenko said Trong's visit was a significant milestone, and that developing ties with Viet Nam remained one of his country's top priorities in Asia.
Trong said that Viet Nam treasured the traditional ties between the countries, and hoped to further relations in economics and commerce.
Both sides agreed to increase high-level exchanges at all levels as well as people-to-people exchanges. As a member of the Customs Union, Belarus has committed to signing the Free Trade Agreement with the bloc and providing better conditions for Vietnamese goods to enter the Belarusian market, especially coffee, textiles and wood.
Both leaders agreed to provide better conditions for businesses to explore opportunities, and Lukashenko said his country would provide good conditions for a Viettel investment project in Belarus.
Trong thanked Belarus for supporting Viet Nam's candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council 2014-16. Regarding the situation in the East Sea, both sides agreed that all countries must respect international law to ensure security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea.
As many as 600 Vietnamese nationals live in Belarus. — VNS