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Armenian Prime Minister paying official visit

Released at: 17:06, 06/07/2019

Armenian Prime Minister paying official visit

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (Photo: AFP/VNA)

PM Nikol Pashinyan in Vietnam from July 4 to 7.

by Linh Chi

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is paying an official visit to Vietnam from July 4 to 7, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency, during their talks in Hanoi on July 5 the two leaders agreed on orientations and measures to enhance multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries in the time ahead.

They spoke highly of the fruitful political ties and consented to increase high-level meetings and visits at all channels of the Government, the National Assembly, and businesses, as well as people-to-people exchanges.

The two pledged to continue their coordination at UN forums, the Francophone community, and the Non-Aligned Movement, contributing to peace, stability and development.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R)  meets with PM Nikol Pashinyan in Hanoi  on July 5 (Photo: VNA)

The Prime Ministers consented to improving the operational efficiency of the Vietnam-Armenia inter-governmental committee on cooperation in economy-trade and science-technology.

Vietnam and Armenia will focus on implementing the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, to which Armenia is a member, considering this an important pillar of bilateral ties and a driver to create breakthroughs in economic, trade, and investment collaboration.

They also concurred to expand cooperation in education-training, healthcare, sports, tourism, and national defense and security.

Prime Minister Phuc affirmed Vietnam’s policy of attaching importance to consolidating and strengthening the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Armenia, as well as the country’s resolve to develop the relationship across the board in a more effective, pragmatic and sustainable manner for the sake of the people of the two countries.

Prime Minister Pashinyan said his visit aims to create a turning point in the quality of bilateral ties, contributing to forging multi-faceted cooperation and meeting the aspirations of leaders and the interests of the people of both nations.

Host and guest exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, including the peaceful settlement of disputes in Asia-Pacific, covering the East Sea, on the basis of international law.

Following the talks, the leaders witnessed the signing of an agreement between the two governments on cooperation in education and science.

Vietnam and Armenia have maintained good political ties since they established diplomatic ties on July 14, 1992. The West Asian country has given Vietnam precious assistance in national construction and defense, including help in training human resources.

The two countries have regularly coordinated and supported each other at international forums, exchanged delegations at all levels, and promoted ties between their ministries, sectors, and localities, thus enhancing mutual political trust and understanding and creating a firm foundation for partnerships in economy-trade-investment and other areas.

High-level visits between the two countries have included those made by Vice President Gagik Harutyunyan to Vietnam in December 1992 and by President Serzh Sargsyan in June 2012. Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong visited Armenia in October 2015.

Vietnam and Armenia have set up an inter-governmental committee for Economic, Commercial, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, which convened its first meeting in March 2017. The meeting was said to be an important milestone in bilateral cooperation, helping direct bilateral ties towards greater scale and efficiency.

Economic-commercial cooperation between the two countries remains modest, standing at $3.6 million in 2018. Vietnam signed the free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in May 2015, which took effect on October 5, 2016.

Vietnam and Armenia have signed agreements on cooperation in economy-trade, culture, and science-technology, and investment encouragement and protection. The two countries also waive visas for each other’s bearers of diplomatic and official passports.

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