|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) meets with President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Stech. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI — The Czech Republic always regards the Vietnamese community as part of its nation, President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Milan Stech told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung during their meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.
Senate President Milan Stech is on an official visit to Viet Nam.
The PM said the Senate President's visit was significant as the countries were celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic ties and applauded the sound growth of their time-honoured amity and multifaceted co-operation, including that between their parliaments.
He stressed that Viet Nam had continually treasured its ties with the Czech Republic and wanted to join hands with the latter in developing relations in all fields, ultimately benefiting their peoples.
Despite substantial progress, bilateral cooperation remained below the countries' potential and aspiration, he noted, suggesting expanding the partnership in economics, trade, investment, tourism, education-training, science-technology, energy, agriculture, health care, environment, and defence-security.
He said he hoped the country would facilitate the Vietnamese community's stability so they could contribute more to local development and the nations' connections.
At the meeting, Senate President Milan Stech noted the two countries' growing political, diplomatic and people-to-people relations.
The big Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic had been well integrated into the local society and actively contributed to the countries' friendship, he stressed.
He stated that his country attached importance to collaboration with Viet Nam across the board, especially in economics, trade and investment.
The two sides should design and ink several agreements to create a legal framework for their partnership, in particular in research and development, he added.
The official affirmed the Czech Republic supports and pledged to urge the European Parliament to approve the Viet Nam – European Union Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation and sign the EU–Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement as soon as possible. — VNS