Vietnamese, Armenian PMs hold talks

Update: July, 06/2019 - 07:04
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (left) and his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan review the guard of honour in Hà Nội as the latter began his visit to Việt Nam yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan have agreed on plans to enhance the two countries' ties.

During their talks in Hà Nội yesterday, the leaders were full of praise for political ties and said they wanted to arrange more meetings and visits between their governments, parliaments, businesses and citizens.

They also agreed to keep working together at the United Nations, within the Francophone community and in the Non-Aligned Movement.

The PMs said they would try to improve the efficiency of the Viet Nam-Armenia inter-governmental committee on co-operation in economy-trade and science-technology.

They said they would focus on implementing the free trade agreement between Việt Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union, to which Armenia is a member, considering this an important pillar of bilateral ties and momentum to create breakthroughs in trade and investment.

They also decided to expand co-operation in education-training, healthcare, sports, tourism, security and defence.

PM Phúc made clear Việt Nam’s policy of attaching importance to strengthening the friendship with Armenia, as well as the country’s resolve to develop the relationship across the board.

PM Pashinyan said his visit aimed to create a turning point in the quality of the bilateral ties, contributing to forging co-operation and meeting the aspirations of leaders and people of both nations.

Host and guest exchanged views on regional and international issues, including the peaceful settlement of disputes in Asia-Pacific, including the East Sea, on the basis of international law.

Following their talks, the two politicians witnessed the signing of an agreement between the two governments on co-operation in education and science.

They then chaired a press conference to announce the outcomes of their talks.

The Armenian leader is paying an official visit to Việt Nam from July 4-7. — VNS