First Armenian Prime Minister visits Viet Nam
11:37 | 05/07/2019
VGP – Nikol Pashinyan is the first Armenian Prime Minister visiting Viet Nam from July 4-7 at the invitation of Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc. 

The Armenian leader is accompanied by Minister of High-Technological Industry Hakob Arshakyan, Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan, Deputy Foreign Minister Avet Adonts, Armenian Ambassador to Viet Nam Raisa Vardanyan among others.

PM Pashinyan’s visit aims to enhance the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and discuss collaboration in the areas of both sides’ potential like trade, investment, education, training, culture, tourism, as well as some regional and international issues of shared concern. 

Viet Nam and Armenia established diplomatic ties on July 14, 1992 and the latter Armenia opened its embassy in Viet Nam in August 2013. 

The sides have exchanged a number of high-level visits, including Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s visit to Viet Nam in June 2012 and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh’s tour to attend the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan last year.

The two countries have set up an inter-governmental committee for economic, commercial, scientific and technological cooperation and the 1st meeting of the committee took place in Ha Noi in March 2017. 

The two-way trade remains modest, reaching US$3.6 million last year.

Both countries are signatories of the Viet Nam-Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) free trade agreement that came into effect on October 5, 2016.

The two sides have signed agreements on cooperation in economy-trade, culture and science-technology, investment encouragement and protection, and visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders./.

By Quang Minh

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