State President receives Hungarian Prime Minister
10:38 | 26/09/2017

VGP - State President Tran Dai Quang in Ha Noi on September 25 received Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

 State President Tran Dai Quang  receives Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Ha Noi, September 25, 2017

At the reception, Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Viet Nam on its socio-economic achievements over the past decades.

With the participation of many Hungarian ministers and more than 40 businesses, the visit is considered a new start for the bilateral relationship, the PM said.

Hungary wishes to take part in a number of Viet Nam’s development programmes and opens its door for Viet Nam to participate in Hungary’s development in the next 20 years, he said. 

The PM told his host that Hungary has carried out several cooperation projects in Viet Nam in the fields of agriculture and health care.

He stressed that Hungary welcomes Vietnamese businesses to invest in the country and stands ready to bridge Viet Nam with other countries in East-Central Europe. 

Hungary will be the first EU nation to approve the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement, he pledged. 

Viet Nam and Hungary issued a joint statement on PM Vikor Orban’s visit to Viet Nam from September 24-26.

In turn, The President applauded Hungary’s continuous naming of Viet Nam a priority partner in its development cooperation policy. 

Hungry is Viet Nam’s largest official development assistance (ODA) supplier in East-Central Europe, with preferential loans totaling €535 million (roughly US$636 million). Of the number, €440 million is within a framework agreement on credit cooperation signed by the two countries in January 2017, he said. 

Noting with joy the friendship between Viet Nam and Hungary over the past 67 years, President Quangstressed that Viet Nam always places importance to developing the relations with traditional friends in East-Central Europe, including Hungary. 

He described PM Viktor Orban’s visit as a milestone in the relationship, helping to open up new cooperation prospects for the two countries. 

With a range of cooperation agreements inked following the talks between PM Viktor Orban and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Hungarian leader’s visit is expected to create a momentum to push up the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries, especially in trade and investment, making the link on par with the fruitful political ties, President Quang said. 

Multilaterally, the President hailed the two countries’ close coordination at international forums, particularly within the framework of the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting and the Mekong-Danube cooperation mechanism. 

He used the occasion to thank the Hungarian side for supporting Viet Nam’s candidacy for a seat in the UN Economic and Social Council during 2016-2018 as well as its commitments to backing Viet Nam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

                                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu

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