Vietnam, Indonesia seek to promote all-round cooperation

Hanoi, August 7 (VNA) – A special envoy of President Tran Dai Quang, who is Chairman of the Presidential Office-Minister Dao Viet Trung, joined leaders and officials from 103 countries at the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from August 5-6.  On the occasion, the Vietnamese official held meetings with Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour.  The special envoy expressed his belief that under the leadership of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani, the Iranian Government and people will reap more achievements during the cause of national construction and development.  Trung said he is certain that the traditional relations and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Iran will further develop in the coming time.  Meanwhile, the Iranian officials thanked Vietnam for sending a special envoy to President Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony. Commitments of the two countries’ leaders as well as rosy results of the 9th meeting of Iran-Vietnam Joint Committee in July will help the two countries realise the target of 2 billion USD in bilateral trade revenue soon, they said.  The two sides also affirmed to continue cooperation and mutual support at international and regional forums.  The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said that it is Iran’s responsibility to support Vietnam at international forums as Vietnam’s policies of independence and peace are in conformity with Iran’s interests. VNA/VNP  ... [read more]

The inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Chairman of the Presidential Office-Minister Dao Viet Trung attended the event from August 5-6. (Photo: EPA/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A special envoy of President Tran Dai Quang, who is Chairman of the Presidential Office-Minister Dao Viet Trung, joined leaders and officials from 103 countries at the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from August 5-6. On the occasion, the Vietnamese official held meetings with Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour. The special envoy expressed his belief that under the leadership of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and President Rouhani, the Iranian Government and people will reap more achievements during the cause of national construction and development. Trung said he is certain that the traditional relations and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Iran will further develop in the coming time. Meanwhile, the Iranian officials thanked Vietnam for sending a special envoy to President Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony. Commitments of the two countries’ leaders as well as rosy results of the 9th meeting of Iran-Vietnam Joint Committee in July will help the two countries realise the target of 2 billion USD in bilateral trade revenue soon, they said. The two sides also affirmed to continue cooperation and mutual support at international and regional forums. The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said that it is Iran’s responsibility to support Vietnam at international forums as Vietnam’s policies of…... [read more]

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai began his first official visit to Indonesia from February 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno. The visit takes place at a time when the friendly and multi-faceted cooperative ties between Vietnam and Indonesia have seen fine developments.During the visit, the two sides will concretise the implementation of the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" and seek measures to boost multi-faceted co-operation for mutual benefit, especially in the areas of economics, trade and investment to match up to the fine political relations between the two countries.The two countries signed the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" during President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s visit to Vietnam in June 2003. The framework is considered an important legal foundation for further promoting all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.During President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno’s visit to Vietnam in May 2005, the two countries agreed to turn bilateral relations into strategic partnership in the region. President Susilo affirmed that Indonesia wants its ties with Vietnam to become "an important pillar" of relationship in Southeast Asia.The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Indonesia held their first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on August 13-14, 2005, to issue a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultation. They discussed the establishment of a ministerial-level consultative mechanism for strategic issues and agreed to accelerate discussions for the signing of a Plan of Action as early as possible to implement the "Declaration on the…... [read more]

From December 18-21, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung pays his official visits to Cambodia, Laos and Thailandat the invitations of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdec Hunsen, Lao Prime Minister Buasone Bouphavanh and Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont. Mr Dung’s first official visits as Prime Minister to the three countries are not only courtesy visits, according to ASEAN practice but they are aimed at promoting Vietnam’s relations with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.The visits take place at a time when Vietnam’s bilateral cooperative relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as its multilateral cooperation with the ASEAN framework have achieved positive progress. Recently, the three Prime Ministers of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia held their fourth meeting in the central highlands city of Da Lat (Vietnam) to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam-Lao-Cambodia Development Triangle plan. During the December 18-21 visits to Cambodia and Laos, PM Nguyen Tan Dung will discuss with the two countries’ leaders specific measures to implement the reached agreements.Thailand and four other ASEAN countries are implementing an early harvest programme on trade relations with China which will reduce tax rates of some products imported from Vietnam and the Philippines, helping accelerating the process of building the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015, five years ahead of schedule as previously planned. Vietnam’s bilateral relations with Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have made significant progress. 2006 is considered a year for Vietnam and Cambodia to strengthen border demarcation and landmark plantation at seven international border gates. The completion of border demarcation and…... [read more]

Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev’s official visit to Vietnam from November 23-25 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung is the first by a leader of the Bulgarian Government since former Bulgarian PM Jan Videnov’s visit to Vietnam ten years ago (1996). Vietnam and Bulgaria established diplomatic ties on February 8, 1950. From 1950-1989, bilateral relations steadily developed as Bulgaria provided Vietnam with valuable spiritual and material support and assistance in the struggle for national liberalisation and defence. From 1990, there was a short period of time where little progress was made in bilateral relations due to changes in Bulgarian institutions. However, since 1993, bilateral relations have been gradually restored through a series of regular exchange visits by the two countries’ high-level delegations. Bulgaria highly appreciates Vietnam’s role in the region and wants to consolidate and develop multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam. Since 1996, Bulgaria’s PM,National Assembly speaker and Defense Minister visited Vietnam twice. Former Vietnamese PM Phan Van Khai’s visit to Bulgaria in September, 2000, marked an important milestone in bilateral relations. The Sofia mayor accompanied by a business delegation resumed cooperation with Hanoi during their visit in March 2002. The Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science and the Minister of Health also visited Vietnam in order toresume cooperation in the respective fields between the two countries. The two sides signed a number of agreements, creating a new legal foundation to promote bilateral cooperation in healthcare, medicine,trade, culture, science and education, post and telecommunications, maritime transport, plant…... [read more]

This is the first visit to the UAE by a Vietnamese Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1993. The visit aims to further strengthen the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the UAE, particularly in economics, investment and trade, as well as in other areas of strength such as energy, labour, finance, banking and agriculture. The UAE is a monarchial federation comprising seven states, called emirates, namely Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Situated on the eastern part of the Arabian peninsula, it borders Qatar in the north, the Arab Gulf in the east, Saudi Arabia in the west and Oman in the south. As one of the leading economies among the Arab world, the UAE has huge oil reserves of 98 billion barrels, making up 10 percent of global reserves. Its natural gas reserves amount to 5,892 billion cubic metres, ranking fourth after Russia, Iran and Qatar. It is also a leading financial and trade centre in the Middle East. The UAE ranks 17th out of the 61 global competitive economies, 8th among the leading global air service providers and second among regional tourism service providers. It mostly exports crude oil, gas, dried fish and dates, and imports machinery, transport equipment, chemicals and food. In 2008, its exports hit US$207.7 billion, of which 45 percent was generated from crude oil exports. Relations between Vietnam and the UAE have expanded in many areas following the opening of embassies in their…... [read more]

On the morning of May 23 (Hanoi time), State President Nguyen Minh Triet returned to Hanoi, successfully concluding his tour of Belarus, Switzerland and Finland, ushering a new period in friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and all the three European nations. Belarus, Switzerland and Finland - Vietnam's important partners in Europe gave their valuable support to Vietnam’s past struggle for national liberation and its current process of national construction. However, economic, trade and investment cooperation between Vietnam and these three countries has yet to match their fine political relations. For example, last year's two-way trade turnover with Belarus and Finland reached only US$120 million and US$230 million, respectively. Mr Triet's visits were successful in the following results: Leaders and people of Balarus, Switzerland and Finland attached great importance to enhancing their traditional friendship with Vietnam and affirmed their determination to develope their friendly relations and reliable partnership with the country. Mr Triet and the three countries' leaders agreed on major solutions to strengthen multi-faceted cooperation through the signing of joint statements and important agreements during the visit. Belarus, Switzerland and Finland highlighted Vietnam's role in the region and the world and expressed their willingness to act as a bridge to the promotion of relations between Vietnam and Europe and Vietnam is also ready to do the same to help the three countries to expand their relations with South East Asia. During the visit, Vietnam reached many specific agreements to step up economic, trade and investment cooperation with the three countries…... [read more]

Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh made the affirmation at a reception for US-ASEAN Business Council President, Alexander Feldman, and his entourage in Hanoi on March 13. If foreign businesses encounter difficulties, the Vietnamese Government is willing to co-ordinate to remove them. Vietnam is also prioritising the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)Agreement negotiations which will help attract further foreign investment, said Ninh. He also applauded the multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and the US in recent years, especially in the field of economics. More and more US businesses are investing in Vietnam with great success. The Deputy PM said he expects the US intensify its Vietnamese investment in the areas of banking and finance. The US now ranks seventh among foreign investors in Vietnam. The US-ASEAN Business Council President, Alexander Feldman, said Vietnam and the US should learn more about each others’ advantages and challenges in promoting economic cooperation through the TPP negotiation process. In the future, the US will focus on investment in the fields Vietnam has demand, such as energy, health and telecommunications. Mr Feldman said that around 70 small and medium-sized Vietnamese and American businesses are expected to attend a trade seminar scheduled in HCM City on March 18.... [read more]

At the ceremony, Ambassador Vu Van Luu briefed the participants on the country’s socio-economic achievements and external activities as well as the Communist Party of Vietnam’s policies and the Vietnamese people’s determination to reverse the global financial downturn. He highlighted new developments of the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark, especially after a visit to Denmark by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and a visit to Vietnam by Danish Queen Magrethe II. The Ambassador praised the active contributions made by the Vietnamese community in Denmark, including their donations to Vietnam. The Chairman of the Denmark-Vietnam Friendship Association and Danish friends congratulated Vietnam on its achievements and its rising position in the global arena, and expressed their belief in the traditional ties between the two states.... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador Ta Minh Chau said the gathering aimed to help tighten the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries. On behalf of the Lao alumni, Kykeo Khaykhamphithun, Director of the Lao National Academy for Politics and Public Administration (LNA); Nam Viyaket, Minister of Industry and Commerce; and Khampheuy Panmalaythong, Director of the Lao National Social Sciences Institute; expressed their gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, State and people and pledged to actively promote the traditional relationship between the two countries. Earlier the same day, the Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Hoang Tuan Anh, attended a ceremony to hand over the first phase of the project to build the Lao National Academy of Culture and Art, a gift from the Vietnamese Government to the Lao people. The academy covers a total area of around 3,000m2 and consists of three triple-storey blocks. The second phase of the project will be launched in 2012 and will include constructing a dormitory, and installing audio and visual equipment for teaching and study.... [read more]




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