Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh visits Romania
Updated : Saturday, July 07, 2018 10:45 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh paid an official visit toRomania on July 6 and 7 at the invitation of Romanian Foreign Minister TeodorMelescanu. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and Romanian Foreign
Minister Teodor Melescanu at the press conference following their talks - Source: VNA

During the stay, Deputy PMand FM Binh Minh met with Vice Chairwoman of the Romanian Chamber of DeputiesCarmen Ileana Mihalcescu and held talks with FM Teodor Melescanu.  He alsohad a meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.  

Meeting Vice Chairwoman ofthe Romanian Chamber of Deputies Carmen Ileana Mihalcescu, Deputy PM Minhrecalled the support of Romania for Vietnam, including the training of morethan 4,000 Vietnamese who are now contributing greatly to Vietnam nationaldevelopment and the friendship between the two nations. 

He affirmed Vietnam’s hopeto boost ties with Romania in all fields, particularly ineconomics-trade-investment and areas where the two countries can supplementeach other. 

Mihalcescu stated hersupport for developing multi-faceted cooperation, noting that the Romanianparliament advocates the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement(EVFTA) and will approve the Investment Protection Agreement after its officialsigning. 

The two sides expressedsatisfaction at the traditional friendship between the two countries over thepast nearly 7 decades and the sound political-diplomatic ties, especially thetwo parliaments’ regular exchange of visits and close coordination atinternational forums. 

At his talks with FM TeodorMelescanu, the Vietnamese Deputy PM and FM highlighted recent progress inbilateral economic-trade-investment partnership, saying that though stillmodest, it provides an important prerequisite for more cooperation in the timeahead.

Minh called for moreattention to people-to-people exchange, suggesting organising culturalactivities and inviting a Romanian art troupe to Vietnam’s Hue Festival in2019. He also asked the Romanian Government to create favourable conditions forthe Vietnamese community in Romania to integrate into the host country. 

Minister Melescanu affirmedthat Vietnam has been and is now an important partner of Romania in Asia andSoutheast Asia, hailing the visit by Deputy PM Minh as being significant toboosting bilateral relations. 

The two officials welcomedthe positive changes in bilateral ties, but noted thateconomic-trade-investment relations remain modest with two-way trade reachingonly 207 million USD in 2017. Romania has only two investment projects inVietnam worth 1.2 million USD. 

They explored the potentialthat can be tapped to boost the relations, including Romania’s technology andexperience in power, oil and gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and foodprocessing, and Vietnam’s seafood, tropical fruits and textiles-garmentproducts. 

The two sides also agreed topromote collaboration in tourism and science-technology, and consider thepossibility of sending Vietnam’s skilled workers to Romania to work. 

They shared the view thatthe two countries should continue to work together in film making, organisingcultural event and send delegations to attend each other’s festivals. 

Romania promised to providemore scholarships for Vietnamese students and suggested that Vietnam send itsyoung diplomats to short-term training courses in Romania. 

The two officials alsodiscussed international and regional issues, and the maintenance of regionaland world peace and stability, along with the settlement of disputes bypeaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law and treaties ofthe United Nations, including the 1982 UN Convention of the Law of theSea. 

FM Melescanu said as EUChair in the first 6 months of 2019, Romania will support the relations betweenVietnam and the EU, including the EV FTA. 

Deputy PM Minh affirmed thatVietnam is willing to work to connect Romania and the Association of SoutheastAsian Nations (ASEAN) and ASEAN member countries. 

Following the talks, the twoForeign Ministers met the press on the outcomes of their meeting. Theywitnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation betweenthe diplomatic academies of the two countries. 

Meanwhile, Prime MinisterViorica Dancila told Deputy PM and FM Minh at their meeting that the twocountries have many opportunities to upgrade their ties, especially in thefields of economics-trade-investment and science-technology. She noted thatVietnamese workers are hardworking and eager to learn, and thus will be able tomeet the demand of the Romanian labour market.  

Host and guest agreed thatin order to lift economic-trade ties to match political-diplomatic relationsbetween the two countries and to meet their potential and aspiration, it isnecessary to remove obstacles in economic collaboration. To this purpose, theystressed the importance of the inter-governmental committee, and of a legalframework, which will need negotiations and signing of legal documents oneconomic, agricultural, cultural and education cooperation. 

Deputy PM Binh Minh conveyedan invitation to visit Vietnam from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to theRomanian Government leader, who accepted the invitation with pleasure.


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