08:15 | 19/07/2016 Cooperation
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico held talks in Ha Noi on July 18, to cement and deepen the bilateral ties.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico, Ha Noi, July 18, 2016 - Photo: VGP/Quang Hieu
PM Phuc warmly welcomed the official tour of Mr. Robert Fico, affirming that Viet Nam always respects cementing and deepening ties with traditional friends, including Slovakia.
The two PMs briefed each other of their respective situations, discussed ways to promote the bilateral ties, and talked regional and international issues of common concern.
PM Phuc congratulated the Government and people of Slovakia on their achievements attained in socio-economic development and integration and Slovakia’s rotating European Union presidency.
For his part, PM Robert Fico praised Viet Nam’s achievements in the renovation and its increasing status in the international arena. Slovakia always considers Viet Nam as a traditional partner and hopes to beef up the bilateral ties in all field, the guest leader said.
Elevating economic ties to a new height
The two leaders hailed the stable economic ties in which the two-way trade turnover hit around US$300 million. Slovakia’s direct investment in Viet Nam remained modest with five operating projects. Meanwhile, Viet Nam only had a project in Slovakia.
They agreed to improve the operation of the joint commission on economic cooperation between Viet Nam and Slovakia; promote trade and investment promotion activities in such areas as infrastructure building, food processing, pharmaceuticals, urban planning, public transport, environmental protection, and water management.
Both sides were also unanimous in boosting cooperation in national defense, culture, education-training, as well as science-technology.
PM Phuc thanked the Slovak Government for supporting the overseas Vietnamese community there and hoped that they would continue to serve as a bridge to promote the bilateral ties.
The two PMs expressed their pleasure at the close coordination at international forums.
PM Robert Fico stressed that Slovakia backed the close relations between Viet Nam and the EU; the signing and ratification of the Viet Nam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA); and urged the EU to early recognize Viet Nam’s market economy..
Right after the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing ceremony of cooperative documents on transport, information, communications, investment, education./.