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Vietnam & Hungary upgrade ties to comprehensive partnership

Released at: 09:50, 11/09/2018

Vietnam & Hungary upgrade ties to comprehensive partnership

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban (L) and General Secretary of CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (Source: VNA)

Bilateral ties upgraded during Party Chief's official visit to Hungary from September 8 to 11.

by Long Van

During their talks in Budapest on September 10, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is visiting Hungary from September 8 to 11, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a comprehensive partnership, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The State-run news agency quoted the Party Chief as saying that Vietnam considers Hungary a leading partner in central Eastern Europe and congratulated it on scoring a number of important socioeconomic achievements, catapulting the country into the position of one of the leading economies in the EU with political stability and social unity.

Prime Minister Orban, for his part, said Hungary considers Vietnam its most important partner in Southeast Asia, affirming that the Party leader’s visit will create a new milestone and driving force for the traditional bilateral friendship and multifaceted cooperation.

Both sides agreed to maintain regular visits and exchanges between high-ranking leaders, strengthen political consultations and strategic dialogues via Party, government, and National Assembly channels, as well as between ministries, agencies, and localities.

They expressed their determination to foster effective collaboration in diverse areas, especially in economy, trade, investment, national defense, education and training, science and technology, the environment, healthcare, culture, sports, and tourism, as well as share experiences in maintaining and upholding traditional cultural identities during the process of development.

Both pledged to strengthen consultation on regional and global issues of shared concern and effective cooperation at multilateral organizations and forums, particularly at the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting, and the Mekong-Danube Cooperation Initiative.

The General Secretary affirmed that Vietnam supports Hungary in extending coordination with ASEAN member states and stands ready to serve as a bridge for the country to expand economic ties with the bloc.

Expressing a commitment to promoting the Vietnam-EU comprehensive partnership, the Hungarian Prime Minister vowed to push forward the early signing, ratification, and full implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, contributing to reinforcing EU market connectivity, including that between Hungary, Vietnam, and ASEAN.

As there remains room for a bilateral partnership, the two sides agreed to increase the activities of the Vietnam-Hungary Inter-Committee on Economic Cooperation; create favorable conditions for the two countries’ business communities to meet and seek new opportunities; and expand cooperation in healthcare, water management, information technology, pharmaceuticals, food safety, environmental protection, and renewable energy.

The Vietnamese leader hailed Hungary for considering Vietnam a priority partner in its official development assistance policy. He suggested working closely together in fields that suit Hungary’s capacity and meet Vietnam’s demand.

He thanked the Hungarian Government for committing to continuing the supply of the 200 scholarships it awards to Vietnamese students each year.

The two sides welcomed the signing of several cooperation documents in national defense and security, justice, healthcare, and education and training, and the organization of the second Hungary-Vietnam conference of university rectors in Budapest.

They promised to expand ties across culture, sports, and tourism in order to raise mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, as well as to step up plans marking the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties, in 2020.

Prime Minister Orban said the Hungarian Government will continue to provide all possible support for Vietnamese nationals in Hungary so they may lead stable lives and serve as a bridge connecting the two nations.

Following the talks, the two leaders held a press conference, issued a joint statement on the establishment of the Vietnam-Hungary comprehensive partnership, and witnessed the signing of several important cooperation documents.

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