DPM, FM’s official visit to Greece to open more cooperative opportunities
15:44 | 28/06/2018

VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh’s official visit to Greece is expected to create impetus for Viet Nam and Greece to a new period with more cooperative opportunities to meet the two sides’ potentials and desires. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to Greece Nguyen Manh Cuong

The statement was made by Vietnamese Ambassador to Greece Nguyen Manh Cuong in his interview with the press on the upcoming official visit to Greece made by Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh from July 1-2. 

When asked about the meaning of the visit and evaluation of Viet Nam-Greece relations, Mr. Cuong said that this is the second visit of a Vietnamese FM to Greece over the recent decade and in February last year, Greece’s FM paid an official visit to Viet Nam. 

Viet Nam and Greece established the diplomatic ties in 1975. Since then, the traditional friendship relations have been maintained. 

Before the public debt crisis in Greece in 2010, the two sides always organized high-ranking delegation exchanges such as the official visit of Greece’s PM Kostas Karamanlis in 2007, State President Nguyen Minh Triet’s official visit to Greece in 2008 and Greece’s President Karolos Papoulias’ official visit to Viet Nam on the same year. 

In 2017, the two-way trade value witnessed a sharp increase of 40% against the previous year, reaching US$334 million. 

The two nations have enhanced active cooperation and mutual support at international and regional multi-lateral forums such as the United Nations, ASEM, ASEAN-EU forum. 

Greece has approved the signing of the EU-Viet Nam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and advocate to soon ratify the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). 

Greece, a member of the EU, has supported Viet Nam to strengthen the relationship with the EU and hope to become a bridge for Viet Nam in the relationship with the EU. 

Regarding the relationship between Viet Nam and Greece in the upcoming time, the Ambassador said that there a huge cooperation potential between the two nations. 

While Viet Nam has become an attractive destination for foreign investors and has advantages of exporting agricultural products, garments and footwear, Greece has taken the lead in maritime transport.  

He expressed his hope that once the EVFTA is approved, it will create a legal foundation and opportunity to boost bilateral trade. 

By Thuy Dung 

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