Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh and Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira on Saturday witness the signing of a MoU on co-operation between the Việt Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation of Brazil. — VNA/VNS Photo Lâm Khánh
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam treasures the increasing role of Brazil in the international arena and wishes to further promote co-operation with the country, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh.
Minh made the statement during talks with Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira on Saturday, who is on an official visit to Việt Nam from May 12-13.
The officials agreed that the Việt Nam-Brazil relationship has developed, especially in political ties, shown through regular visits and meetings by senior leaders and officials.
Economic ties between the two countries have also grown, with two-way trade in 2017 at US$3.87 billion, up 12 times in the last decade.
For his part, Nunes affirmed Brazil considers Việt Nam an important partner in Southeast Asia.
He lauded Việt Nam’s increasing role in the region and the world and noted his country’s determination to expand friendship and co-operation with Việt Nam.
Minh and Nunes underlined the need for the two sides to enhance exchange of visits, especially among senior leaders; promote the effective implementation of the Intergovernmental Committee on Economic, Trade, Scientific and Technological Co-operation, as well as maintain regular political consultations at deputy foreign minister level.
They agreed to continue implementing signed co-operation agreement, while completing the legal framework for their bilateral co-operation in diplomacy, defence industry, trade, investment and fostering connection and direct partnership among their business communities.
The two sides also pledged to closely co-operate and support each other at international organisations and multilateral forums.
The Vietnamese official took the occasion to urge Brazil to soon recognise Việt Nam’s market economy.
The officials witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on co-operation between the two countries’ diplomatic academies, and those between the Việt Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Alexandre de Gusmao Foundation of Brazil. — VNS