Malta, Vietnam to deepen multifaceted cooperation
Malta and Vietnam can boost cooperation in sea port management, financial and tourism services, and human resource training in maritime law, diplomacy, and foreign languages, according to Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta.
Farrugia made the suggestion during his recent meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy and Malta Cao Chinh Thien in the Maltese capital of Valetta.
The legislator highlighted the good relationship between Vietnam and Malta over the past 40 years, and stressed that the House of Representatives of Malta pays special attention to the relations with Vietnam ’s National Assembly, especially after Maltese parliamentarians participated in the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly held in Vietnam last year.
For his part, Ambassador Cao Chinh Thien shared the assessment of his host and said that the next step in the relationship between the two countries will be “a phase of action”.
He suggested that both sides should promote delegation exchanges in the coming time to strengthen dialogues on specific cooperation content for mutual benefits.
Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs George Vella also held a meeting with the Vietnamese ambassador, during which the two sides exchanged views relating to bilateral cooperation.
Both sides agreed to accelerate the signing of an agreement on double taxation avoidance as well as to consider mutual support for each other’s bid to join international mechanisms and UN agencies.
Ambassador Thien requested the Maltese government to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese tourists and students in visa application, as Malta is yet to open its embassy in Vietnam .
On the occasion, the Vietnamese ambassador extended an invitation to the Maltese side to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Youth Week which will be held in Hanoi and Ha Long city .