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Party Chief meets with Russian President

Released at: 15:36, 07/09/2018

Party Chief meets with Russian President

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) and President Vladimir Putin (Photo: VNA)

Russia always holds Vietnam in high regard as a leading partner in the Asia-Pacific region, President Vladimir Putin told Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on September 6.

by Long Van

It is Vietnam’s consistent policy to view Russia as one of its most important and reliable partners, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, who is on an official visit to Russia, reiterated during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on September 6, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

Vietnamese people always remember the valuable support given by Russia in the past as well as in the present, he said.

General Secretary Trong spoke highly of the comprehensive achievements Russia has gained in the past as well as its important position in the global arena.

President Putin, in turn, affirmed that Russia has always held Vietnam in high regard as a leading partner in the Asia-Pacific region.

He said he believed that the ongoing official visit by Party Chief Trong will create an important milestone and be a new driving force for the comprehensive strategic bilateral partnership.

The two leaders agreed to exert maximum efforts to develop the partnership in a deeper and more effective manner.

They together decided to maintain high-level delegation exchanges, political consultations, and strategic dialogue across all channels, including Party, government, parliament, agencies, ministries, departments, and localities.

They also agreed to reinforce political trust as a foundation for boosting and expanding all-around collaboration.

Vietnam and Russia will jointly organize Russian Year in Vietnam and vice-versa on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the treaty on the basic principles for bilateral friendship, in 2019, and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, in 2020.

The two leaders said they are pleased with the rapid growth in bilateral ties in economics and trade, particularly after the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasia Economic Union took effect. They agreed to step up measures to capitalize on the pact.

They noted that improvements should be made to the work of the Vietnam-Russia intergovernmental committee on economics-trade and science-technology cooperation in monitoring and implementing bilateral agreements and in seeking new joint projects related to energy, transport infrastructure, information, and telecommunications.

In talking about cooperation in energy, oil and gas - a strategic sector for bilateral ties for years to come - the leaders agreed to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese and Russian firms to effectively carry out existing projects. They said there will be more new projects with the participation of national oil and gas companies from both sides.

They agreed to facilitate the operation of prioritized investment projects in the two countries.

The two leaders said they will both work on the issuance of encouragement policies and the simplification of procedures and criteria helping their products - particularly agro-forestry-fishery goods - find easier access to each other’s market. They considered this a good way to lift bilateral trade turnover.

They stated the two countries will continue their close and effective collaboration in defense-security, manifesting mutual trust and in line with their comprehensive strategic partnership.

The leaders reached an agreement on implementing a project on building a center for science and nuclear technology in Vietnam, considering it a key cooperation project in the use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

They agreed to enhance joint engagement in education and training, culture, and tourism as well as to boost cooperation between Vietnamese and Russian localities.

General Secretary Trong and President Putin exchanged opinions regarding international and regional matters of common interest. They both supported the necessity of tackling conflict by peaceful measures without the use of, or threat to use, force and with respect to international law, particularly the UN Charter. 

Party Chief Trong said that Vietnam backs Russia’s increasing role in ensuring security, peace, stability, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the world.

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