Ambassador: high political trust drives Vietnam-Russia ties forward
Updated : Friday, April 13, 2018 11:00 AM (GMT+0700)

VietnameseAmbassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh has stated that high political trust willcreate a driving force for promoting bilateral comprehensive strategicpartnership. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (L) in the interview - Source: VNA

He made the statement in aninterview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of hispresentation of credentials to Russian President Vladimir Putin on April11. 

Manh said bilateralcomprehensive strategic partnership has been growing in diverse areas,especially via the exchange of high-level visits, notably Chairwoman of theFederation Council of Russia Valentina Matviyenko’s visit to Vietnam inFebruary 2017, President Tran Dai Quang’s visit to Russia in June 2017. InNovember last year, Presidents Tran Dai Quang and Vladimir Putin held talks onthe sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meetingin the central city of Da Nang. 

Two-way trade neared 4billion USD last year, up 36 percent annually. Russia’s total investment inVietnam hit 2 billion USD while Vietnam poured 2.9 billion USD into theEuropean country. 

The two countries haveagreed to jointly build and modernise energy works in Vietnam, and theirlocalities have held meetings to boost ties, notably between Hanoi and Moscow,Ho Chi Minh City and Saint Petersburg, Da Nang and Yaroslavl, Khanh Hoa andKhabarovsk. 

National defence-securitycooperation has developed via the regular exchange of delegations and effectiveoperations of the Vietnam – Russia Inter-Governmental Committee onScientific-Technological Cooperation. Ties across culture, education andscience-technology have been increasingly strengthened. 

In order to fully tappotential of bilateral cooperation, Manh underscored the need to realiseprojects under the Vietnam – Russia priority portfolio for 2018-2019, and makeperiodic review to clear barriers and unlock opportunities brought about by theVietnam – Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement that took effect inOctober 2016. 

He called for stepping uptrade promotion and popularising images of Vietnam to attract investment. 

The Vietnam – RussiaInter-Governmental Committee on Scientific-Technological Cooperation’s meetingsheld every three months prove Russia’s determination to deepen ties withVietnam, he said. 

The ambassador added thatthe embassy will give priority to economic diplomacy in order to realise thegoal of lifting two-way trade to 10 billion USD by 2020 as agreed by leaders.


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