PM asks Vietnam, Greece to boost trade and investment

08:14 | 14/02/2017 MUTRAP Corner

On February 13 at the Government Office in Hanoi, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held a reception for Greek Foreign Minister N. Kotzias. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the bilateral economic cooperation remains modest and asked the Vietnamese and Greek governments to boost ties in fileds of trade and investment.

pm asks vietnam greece to boost trade and investment
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Greek Foreign Minister N. Kotzias - Photo: baochinhphu

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed the visit of Greek Foreign Minister N. Kotzias and said it will open new opportunities to promote cooperation between Vietnam and Greece.

The Vietnamese PM said given the 40-year cooperation since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties, the two countries need to facilitate visits at all levels and channels, thereby raising mutual understanding and collaboration in potential fields between the two nations.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc added that Vietnam is keen on enhancing ties with the European Union, including Greece, and asked the two governments to boost ties in fields of marine-based economy, maritime navigation, shipbuilding, agriculture and tourism.

He expressed his hope that Greece will support Vietnam’s stance on the East Sea issue, including the settlement of the East Sea issue by peaceful means, including diplomatic and legal measures; the objection to the use of force or threat to use of force; and adherence to international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), contributing to maintaining peace, stability and development in the region.

For his part, Greek Foreign Minister N. Kotzias said Greece holds great potential in goods transit thanks to its geographical location as an important gateway from Asia to Europe.

N. Kotzias supposed that the far geographical location between Greece and Vietnam does not a matter, and the important thing is the determination to boost cooperation and bring the two countries closer.

He affirmed that Greece backs Vietnam’s strengthening of ties with the EU as well as Vietnam-Greece ties in shipbuilding and culture.

Informing the host of the outcomes of his talks with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, he said both sides discussed measures to reinforce bilateral links in diverse areas such as marine-based economy, maritime navigation, shipbuilding, agriculture and tourism..

The two countries will continue working closely together within the framework of multilateral cooperation mechanisms, he said.

In the final conclusion, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc reported that Vietnam highly values Greece’s support for the development of Vietnam-EU ties and the Greek legislature’s approval of the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, he said, suggesting Greece back the early signing and adoption of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

Nguyen Ly