Vietnam, Hungary agree to lift relations to comprehensive partnership
Updated : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:29 AM (GMT+0700)

GeneralSecretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen PhuTrong and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban agreed to lift bilateral tiesto the level of comprehensive partnership during their talks in Budapest onSeptember 10. 

At the talks - Source: VNA

The CPV chief said Vietnamconsiders Hungary a leading partner in central Eastern Europe and congratulatedHungary on scoring a number of important socio-economic achievements,catapulting the country into the position of one of the leading economies in theEuropean Union with political stability and social unity. 

Orban, for his part, saidHungary considers Vietnam its most important partner in Southeast Asia,affirming that the visit will create a new milestone and driving force for thebilateral traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation. 

Both sides agreed tomaintain regular visits and exchanges between high-ranking leaders, strengthenpolitical consultations and strategic dialogues via Party, Government, andNational Assembly channels, as well as between ministries, agencies, andlocalities. 

They expressed theirdetermination to foster effective collaboration in diverse areas, especially ineconomy, trade, investment, national defence, education-training,science-technology, environment, healthcare, culture, sports, and tourism, aswell as share experiences in maintaining and upholding traditional culturalidentities during the process of development. 

Host and guest pledged tostrengthen consultation on regional and global issues of shared concern andeffective cooperation at multilateral organisations and forums, particularly atthe United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting and the Mekong-Danube CooperationInitiative. 

The General Secretaryaffirmed that Vietnam supports Hungary in extending coordination with ASEANmember states and stands ready to serve as a bridge for the country to expandeconomic ties with the bloc. 

Expressing commitment topromoting the Vietnam-EU comprehensive partnership, the Hungarian PM vowed topush forward the early signing, ratification, and full implementation of theEU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, contributing to reinforcing EU marketconnectivity, including that between Hungary, Vietnam, and the ASEAN. 

As there remains room forbilateral partnership, the two sides asserted to increase activities of theVietnam-Hungary Inter-Committee on Economic Cooperation; create favourableconditions for the two countries’ business communities to meet and seek newopportunities; as well as expand cooperation in healthcare, water management,information technology, pharmaceuticals, food safety, environment protection,and renewable energy. 

The Vietnamese leader hailedHungary for considering Vietnam a priority partner in its official developmentassistance policy. He suggested working closely together in fields that suitHungary’s capacity and meet Vietnam’s demand. 

He thanked the Hungariangovernment for committing to continuing the supply of the 200 scholarships itawards to Vietnamese students each year. 

The two sides welcomed thesigning of several cooperation documents in national defence-security, justice,healthcare, education-training, and the organisation of the secondHungary-Vietnam conference of universities rectors in Budapest. 

They promised to expand tiesacross culture, sports, and tourism in order to raise mutual understanding andfriendship between the two peoples, as well as to step up the plans marking the70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020.

The host said the Hungariangovernment will continue to provide all possible support for Vietnamesenationals in Hungary so they may lead stable lives and serve as a bridgeconnecting the two nations. 

Following the talks, the twoleaders held a press conference, issued a joint statement on the establishmentof the Vietnam-Hungary comprehensive partnership, and witnessed the signing ofseveral important cooperation documents.


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