PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (second, right) and his wife receive visiting Napalese PM K P Sharma Oli and his wife in Hà Nội on Saturday. – VNA/VNS Photo Văn Điệp
HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli were glad that cooperative documents have been signed between Việt Nam and Nepal, serving as a foundation for their cooperation to be expanded and deepened in the future.
The leaders held talks in Hà Nội on Saturday during the official visit to Việt Nam by the Nepalese Prime Minister and his spouse from May 9-13.
The documents signed during the visit included an agreement on visa exemption for official and diplomatic passport holders between the two governments; a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a bilateral consultation mechanism between the two foreign ministries’ and a letter of intent on the negotiation and signing of a framework agreement on trade and investment cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies of Nepal.
PM Phúc warmly welcomed PM Sharma Oli on the first official visit of a Nepalese leader to Việt Nam since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1975, describing the visit a vivid manifestation of the developing traditional friendship between the two countries.
PM Sharma Oli expressed his joy to visit Việt Nam, as the country is his first destination in Southeast Asia since he took the office in February, 2018. He spoke highly of immense socio-economic and diplomatic achievements made by Việt Nam and invited PM Phúc to soon visit Nepal.
The two PM discussed joint visions to deepen the traditional friendship, agreeing to boost the exchange of high-level visits and meetings, and people-to-people activities, and work together to organise practical activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020.
They reached consensus on broadening the relations between the Communist Party of Việt Nam and the Nepal Communist Party in the coming time.
While hailing the outcomes of the Việt Nam-Nepal Business Forum held on Friday, PM Phúc shared with his Nepalese counterpart that bilateral economic ties have yet to tap the respective countries’ potential and strength. Both said they will assign competent ministries and sectors to study new cooperative and result-oriented mechanisms on economics, trade and investment, and encourage businesspeople to research the respective markets and launch partnerships.
PM Phúc suggested Nepal assist Vietnamese investors seeking opportunities in the country, especially those who are interested in energy, infrastructure and telecommunications. For his part, PM Sharma Oli asked Việt Nam to facilitate the entry of Nepalese goods in the country.
They said agriculture is a field with development potential and agreed to consider proposals to open market for respective farm produce, especially rice, black pepper, rubber, and tropical fruits along with boosting the exchange of information, expanding cooperation in hi-tech agriculture and exchanging agricultural experts.
They also agreed to step up exchanges and cooperation in culture, tourism, people-to-people exchange, science-technology, information-communications, aviation, security, logistics and the fight against disaster catastrophe.
The Vietnamese side agreed to speed up the establishment of the Việt Nam-Nepal Friendship Association.
PM Phúc expected the Nepalese Government to continue supporting Vietnamese people living and working in its country so they would work as a bridge for the two countries’ ties.
The leaders shared views on regional and international issues of mutual concerns, asserting to work closely and support each other at multilateral forums, especially at the United Nations.
PM Phúc took the occasion to thank Nepal for backing Việt Nam’s run for a non-permanent member seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21.
Meeting with NA chairwoman
National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and Nepalese PM Sharma Oli expressed their satisfaction at the growing relations between Việt Nam and Nepal since the establishment of the bilateral diplomatic ties in 1975, during their meeting in Hà Nội on Saturday.
NA Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân (right) meets with Prime Minister of Nepal M K P Sharma Oli on Saturday during his official visit to Việt Nam. – VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức
Việt Nam and Nepal share a lot of historical, cultural and religious similarities, they said.
The Vietnamese NA supports and readies to create a favourbale legal corridor to boost co-operation between the two countries, Ngân said.
Particularly, the NA will push the implementation of the outcomes of the talks between Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Nepalese counterpart as well as cooperation agreements reached during the guest’s ongoing official visit to Việt Nam, she affirmed.
Sharma Oli said it is his first visit to Việt Nam in the position of the PM.
Nepalese people have supported Việt Nam from the years of fighting for national liberation, he said.
He added that his talks with PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc gained a lot of positive outcomes, meeting the wish of the two countries’ leaders and marking a milestone in the effort to boost the bilateral relations.
He suggested the two countries enhance cooperation in the coming time, including the establishment of a direct air route.
NA Chairwoman Ngân described the Nepalese PM’s visit as a new development step in the two countries’ relations.
She told the guest that many Vietnamese want to visit Nepal because it is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
A convenient air route between the two countries will attract a lot of Vietnamese tourists to Nepal, she said.
The top legislator wished Nepal to successfully host Vesak 2020.
The same day, Việt Nam and Nepal issued a joint statement on the official visit to Việt Nam by Nepalese PM Sharma Oli. – VNS