|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (standing, left) and Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal (standing, right) yesterday witnessed the signing of an MoU on tourism co-operation between the two countries in Algiers. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
ALGIERS (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal yesterday said they were determined to further strengthen co-operation between the two countries.
Sellal welcomed Dung's visit, saying it highlighted the traditional friendship between Viet Nam and Algeria. He also praised Viet Nam's socio-economic development and expressed the hope that the two countries would continue to co-operate and support each other.
"Algeria has always supported Viet Nam when support was needed and vice versa. The two countries will continue to foster friendship and further our co-operation in the future," he said.
Dung responded that Viet Nam always considers Algeria a close and long-time friend. He said there was a lot of room for improvement in bilateral co-operation.
The two leaders agreed that measures would have to be taken to increase bilateral trade from US$250 million to $1 billion in the near future by boosting co-operation in heavy and light industries, agriculture, mining, textile, finance and banking as well as other sectors.
Sellal said Algeria welcomed Vietnamese enterprises to invest in its petroleum, housing and industrial sectors. Vietnamese enterprises would receive the best possible support for their operations in the country, he pledged.
Dung said Viet Nam supported Algeria's effort to join the World Trade Organisation and was willing to work together with the country to widen the scope of bilateral co-operation in education, cultural exchange, judiciary as well as defence and security matters.
The Algerian PM reiterated his country's stance on the East Sea issue, saying disputes should be settled peacefully through negotiations and in line with international law and his country was ready to contribute to the process.
At the end of their meeting, the two leaders attended the signing of bilateral co-operation agreements on tourism, culture and healthcare.
Meets top legislator
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (Right) meets with Abdelkader Bensalah, Speaker of the Algerian Parliament's Upper House. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
Also yesterday, PM Dung met with Abdelkader Bensalah, Speaker of the Algerian Parliament's Upper House.
Bensalah hailed the friendship between the two Governments and peoples, especially in their respective freedom struggles.
He promised the Algerian Parliament's support in facilitating bilateral co-operation, especially on issues of mutual concern at regional and international levels.
Dung said he wanted the two countries to continue to support each other at multilateral forums as well as within international organisations.
He conveyed Vietnamese NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung's invitation for Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah to visit Viet Nam. — VNS