Czech Republic supports stronger VN-EU ties
08:13 | 18/04/2019
VGP - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis voiced support for stronger cooperation between Viet Nam and the European Union (EU) during his talks with Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Prague on April 17.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis hold talks in Prague capital on April 17, 2019. Photo: VGP

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Andrej Babis pledged his country will accelerate the official signing and ratification of the trade and investment deals between Viet Nam and the EU in the next two moths.

Regarding bilateral ties, Andrej Babis affirmed the Czech Republic attaches importance the relationship with Viet Nam and highly valued the country's achievements in socio-economic development and international integration process.

PM Phuc stressed that the Vietnamese people always bear in their mind the valuable help and effective cooperation from the Czech Republic to Viet Nam in their national defense, construction and development.

The two PMs agreed to strengthen the exchange of delegations between sectors and localities of the two countries. They also concurred to closely coordinate their work to organise activities marking the 70th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.

The two held that the economic cooperation, trade and investment between the countries are developing in a dynamic way but have yet to match their potential and expectation. They agreed to continue to effectively implement the mechanism of the Viet Nam – Czech inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation and push up cooperation in the fields of security, national defence, technology, mining, and tourism.

The host expressed his joy and belief that the early opening of the Ha Noi – Prague direct air route will help further push up the bilateral relations in trade, investment and tourism, and spoke highly of the role and contributions by the Vietnamese community to the socio-economic development of the Czech Republic.

Host and guest also exchanged ideas on international and regional issues of mutual concern, and pledged to further bilateral cooperation at international forums and organisations. The Czech Republic PM affirmed that his country supports Viet Nam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

The two also stressed the importance of the maintenance of peace and stability, the promotion of security, navigation and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, and the settlement of disputes with peaceful means in line with the international law, especially the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

PM Phuc invited the Czech PM to visit Vietnam, and the invitation was accepted.

Following the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in mining between authorities of the two sides, and held a joint press conference./.

By Huong Giang


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