Deputy PM: Vietnam wants to strengthen ties with Bulgaria
Updated : Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:38 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has assured Bulgarianleaders that the Vietnamese government and people want to strengthen friendshipand cooperation with Bulgaria – a trustworthy friend and partner of Vietnamover the past years. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and Bulgarian President
Rumen Radev - Source: VNA

He has reiterated theconsistent policy of Vietnam during meetings with Bulgarian President RumenRadev and Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev during a three-day visit toBulgaria from July 3-5.

At the meeting with theVietnamese Deputy PM on July 3, President Rumen Radev recalled the tradition ofbilateral friendship over the past nearly seven decades. He spoke highly ofVietnam’s economic achievements with a gross domestic product growth of over 6percent in recent years, making Vietnam one of the most vibrant economies inSoutheast Asia. 

He said both nations alwayswork closely together on regional and global issues, affirming that Bulgariasupports the early signing and ratification of the European Union - VietnamFree Trade Agreement. 

Both sides agreed to furtherenhance their all-around ties, and the host pledged to direct Bulgarian governmentand relevant agencies to soon convene a meeting of the Inter-GovernmentalCommittee to discuss specific measures. 

The Bulgarian President alsoaccepted President Tran Dai Quang’s invitation to visit Vietnam withpleasure. 

During the meeting betweenDeputy PM Minh and his Bulgarian counterpart Tomislav Donchev, the twoofficials expressed satisfaction about strengthened political ties viaall-level visits, especially those at high level, and vowed to offer mutualsupport at multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Asia-EuropeMeeting. 

They consented to takespecific measures to lift bilateral economic-trade-investment ties, includingpiloting joint-venture models of manufacturing for selling in Europe and othermarkets over the world. 

The two sides underscoredthe need to lift education-training cooperation and tap Bulgaria’s experiencein training over 3,000 engineers and officials for Vietnam in the past. 

They agreed to soon hold the24th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic-TradeCooperation and the fifth meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee onScience-Technology Cooperation, making it easier for the two nations’enterprises to seek partners and explore markets. 

Talking with the overseasVietnamese community in the afternoon the same day, Minh affirmed that Vietnampursues the policy of rapid and sustainable economic development, active andproactive external relations to best serve national interests in tandem withfirmly safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity.


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