|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) hosts Greek Ambassador to Việt Nam Ioannis Raptakis yesterday. - VNA/VNS Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Greek Ambassador to Việt Nam Ioannis Raptakis agreed that Việt Nam and Greece should strengthen ties to increase their two-way trade.
At a reception for Raptakis in Hà Nội on Monday, PM Phúc expressed his hope that Greece will support Việt Nam’s efforts to boost its ties with the EU and soon officially reach the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement.
Việt Nam wants to work with Greece in the areas of the country’s strength including shipbuilding, vessel maintenance and management, maritime transportation services and seaport exploitation, the leader said.
Pledging optimal conditions for Greek businesses and investors in Việt Nam, PM Phúc noted his hope that the ambassador would organise visits of Greek firms to Việt Nam to seek opportunities in the country.
He called on the two sides to speed up the implementation of agreements on co-operation in culture and tourism, and exchange experience in archaeology as well as the preservation and restoration of historical relic sites.
For his part, Raptakis affirmed that Greece attached importance to enhancing relations with Việt Nam.
The diplomat said he hoped Việt Nam and Greece would sign an agreement on double taxation avoidance and another on maritime transportation at an early date to facilitate bilateral collaboration.
Raptakis promised to do his best to complete his tasks, contributing to advancing relations between the two countries in an effective fashion. – VNS