Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh enhances cooperation with Bulgaria
Updated : Thursday, July 05, 2018 9:48 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has called on the BulgarianNational Assembly (NA) to support the Governments of Vietnam and Bulgaria intaking measures to develop the bilateral ties comprehensively andpragmatically. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (left) and Bulgarian
National Assembly President Tsveta Karayancheva - Source: VNA

At a meeting with NAPresident Tsveta Karayancheva on July 4, as part of his official visit toBulgaria, Minh urged the Bulgarian side to create more favourable conditionsfor the Vietnamese community to integrate into the host society and thuscontribute to the prosperity of both countries. 

He thanked Bulgaria for itsassistance to Vietnam, including the training of thousands of Vietnamesestudents and postgraduates, saying Bulgaria is now a second home to more than1,000 Vietnamese people. 

For her part, Tsveta Karayanchevarecalled her meeting with Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on thefringes of the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva inMarch. 

The two sides compared noteson an array of issues regarding relations between Vietnam and Bulgaria as wellas their legislative bodies, he said. 

Bulgaria backs the earlysigning and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, the leadersaid, considering the pact a door to multiple cooperation opportunities forbusinesses on both ends of the deal. 

Host and guest shared theview that the 70-year Vietnam-Bulgaria friendship has created an importantpremise for the two sides to enhance their cooperation in all realms. 

They spoke of the closecollaboration between the Vietnamese and Bulgarian legislative bodies, whichhas significantly contributed to boosting the comprehensive development of theoverall relationship between the two countries. 

They held that therespective NAs should step up the exchange of experience in law-making andlegislative reform. 

On this occasion, Deputy PMand FM Minh conveyed NA Chairwoman Ngan’s invitation to Tsveta Karayancheva tovisit Vietnam. The Bulgarian leader accepted the invitation withpleasure. 

The same day, Deputy PM andFM Minh held talks with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign MinisterEkaterina Zaharieva.

Host and guest expressedtheir delight at the fruitful traditional friendship between the two countries,particularly in terms of politics and diplomacy, as reflected through theregular exchange of delegations at all levels. 

They pointed out thatbilateral economic and trade ties have remained moderate  with annualtwo-way trade averaging 100 million USD and Bulgaria’s investments in Vietnamhitting only over 30 million USD. 

Vietnam and Bulgaria shouldadvance their economic links to a new high on par with the political ties, theysuggested. 

Minh proposed Bulgariaincrease investment in areas specific to Bulgaria’s strengths and Vietnam’sdemands, such as in medicine, high-tech agriculture, information-technology,renewable energy, and urban management. 

He also called for greaterfavourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to access theBulgarian market, and for Vietnamese nationals to visit Bulgaria. 

Regarding regional andinternational issues of shared concern, they said Vietnam and Bulgaria shouldintensify their coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums,especially the UN and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), in order to improve theirpositions and maintain peace, stability, cooperation, and development in theirregions and around the world. 

They also underlined theneed to deal with disputes by peaceful measures and on the basis of internationallaw, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

They said culturalactivities held in both countries recently  such as the Rose Festival andSlavic Script Day in Hanoi; Vietnam’s participation in the International FolkCulture Festival in Burgas and an international art festival in Sozopol,have contributed to promoting people-to-people exchange as well asincreasing mutual understanding between the two nations.

The two sides agreed to signa cultural cooperation programme for 2018-2020 soon, serving a foundation forthe implementation of activities in the field.

On education cooperation,they also agreed to soon ink a cooperation agreement on education for 2018-2022in order to facilitate the enhancement of the exchange of students between thetwo countries, as well as collaboration in science and experience sharingbetween the countries’ universities and research institutes.

Bulgaria pledged to increasescholarships to Vietnam, particularly in training  Bulgarian language and internationalrelations.

On the occasion, Deputy PMand FM Pham Binh Minh and his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharievawitnessed the signing of a document on receiving property between the twocountries’ diplomatic agencies.

After their talks, host andguest held a joint press conference.


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