Viet Nam-Hungary cooperation is growing positively, say ministers
17:44 | 16/10/2020

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Szijjártó Péter expressed their pleasure at the positive growth of the Viet Nam-Hungary relations, during their talks in Ha Noi on October 16.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Ha Noi, October 16, 2020 -Photo: VGP

Politburo member Minh highlighted the significance of the Hungarian official’s ongoing visit to Viet Nam on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Viet Nam-Hungary diplomatic ties (1950-2020).

He expressed his belief that the elevation of bilateral relations to a comprehensive partnership during the visit to Hungary made by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in September 2018 serves as a solid premise to develop the two countries’ cooperation in an extensive, substantive and effective manner.

For his part, Peter Szijjarto spoke highly of Viet Nam’s increasingly important role and position in the region, affirming that Hungary wishes to further promote its comprehensive partnership with the Southeast Asian country.

The two ministers highlighted the two countries’ regular coordination and mutual support at the important organizations and agencies of the United Nations, while agreeing to encourage and facilitate their enterprises and investors to foster business cooperation.

Deputy PM Minh thanked Hungary for its active support of the adoption of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and being the first EU member state to ratify the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). 

He highly appreciated Hungary’s consideration of Viet Nam a priority partner in its official development assistance (ODA) policy, noting that the two sides will work closely together to promote the disbursement of the approved projects using Hungary’s preferential loans under the framework of the EUR440 million financial cooperation agreement signed in 2017 between the two countries’ governments.

The ministers discussed orientations to boost bilateral cooperation in many important areas such as security-defense, education-training, health, agriculture, culture-tourism, natural resources-environment, and labor, as well as cooperation between the two foreign ministries.

They also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concerns, including the East Sea issue./.

By Vien Nhu

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