Vietnam, Micronesia look to stronger cooperation

VOV.VN -Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has greatly appreciated the comprehensive and successful talks between visiting Micronesian Speaker of the Congress Wesley W. Simina and National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, which have put forward concrete proposals for strengthening bilateral relations.

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 7 hosted a reception for visiting Micronesian Speaker of the Congress Wesley W. Simina and his delegation in Hanoi.

The Micronesian Speaker told PM Phuc that the two sides had worked out measures to boost bilateral relations that were set up in 1995. Over the past 23 years, relations between the two countries have grown bilaterally and multilaterally.

Micronesia thanked the Government of Vietnam for its support in climate change response. Both sides agreed to step up cooperation fishing and aquaculture. Micronesia desires to have more dialogue and discussions between the two sides in order to further augment cooperation.

Wesley W. Simina suggested the two sides focus on boosting people-to-people exchange and business cooperation and expressed hope that his visit would open a new chapter for broader cooperation between the two legislative bodies as well as the two countries.

The two sides hold huge potential for cooperation in health care and establishment of twin relationships between Micronesian and Vietnamese localities.

PM Phuc said he hopes that the visit by the Micronesian guest will help tighten the relations between the two countries and the two law-making bodies.

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He urged both sides to conduct negotiations on a number of cooperation agreements to provide a legal foundation to boost the trading in farm produce, consumer products, and agricultural machinery, and seek to invest in infrastructure construction, tourism, and telecoms.

PM Phuc agreed upon the Micronesian guest’s opinions, saying that the two nations need to increase the sharing of experience in national development.

As geographical distance is not favourable for the development of bilateral cooperation, ministries, sectors and localities should stay proactive in utilizing cooperation opportunities, he told his guest.

“Vietnam desires to share its experience in cooperation in potential areas such as agriculture, aquaculture, seafood processing, industrial tree plantation, tourism development, education and training,” he said.

The government leader underlined the need for both countries to work together and offer mutual support at regional and multilateral forums and organizations, and showed hope that Micronesia will support Vietnam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

PM Phuc also urged Micronesia to support the stance and efforts of Vietnam and ASEAN regarding the East Sea issue, stating that Vietnam welcomes efforts of all countries to contribute to maintaining peace, stability, maritime and aviation freedom, security and safety in the East Sea.