PM: Vietnam sees South Africa as leading partner in Africa

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana Mashabane(Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam regards South Africa as one of the leading
partners in Africa, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a reception for
visiting South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Maite Nkoana Mashabane in Hanoi on September 6.

He stated the Vietnamese Government and people always attach importance to the
traditional friendship and partnership for cooperation and development with
South Africa.

Highlighting the developing bilateral economic and trade relations, he said
that the two countries see great potential to further boost these ties.

PM Phuc suggested Vietnam and South Africa increase all-level visits by Party,
State and National Assembly delegations as well as people-to-people exchange.

The two sides need to continue mutual support at international forums as well
as promote the signing of cooperation agreements in order to create a favourable
legal framework for bilateral relations, he said.

They should make every effort to bring two-way trade to 2 billion USD per year
in the coming time by facilitating trade of products of their strength, he
said, adding that he encourages South African businesses to increase investment
in Vietnam.

He also thanked the African country for supporting Vietnam’s bid to become a
non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

Vietnam is willing to share experience in economic development with South
African, he noted.

For his part, the South African minister said her visit aims to learn from
Vietnam’s economic development experience.

She expressed her wish that the bilateral ties will
further develop through the enhanced cooperation in economy, infrastructure
development and education.-VNA

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