Vietnam values traditional friendship with Latvia

VOV.VN -Vietnam always places importance on boosting the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with friends in the Baltic region, including Latvia, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh while receiving State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovics in Hanoi on June 12.

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Minh noted with satisfaction positive developments in bilateral ties as shown by the official visit to the country by Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in October 2017, and effective coordination at multilateral forums.

He hailed the great strides in bilateral economic-trade cooperation and welcomed the countries’ agreement on early negotiation on the signing of important cooperation documents like those on economics, education, visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders, and mutual legal support, in an effort to fine-tune a legal foundation to facilitate their cooperation across a multitude of fields.

Andrejs Pildegovics told Minh that his nation prioritizes strengthening the traditional friendship with Vietnam and also confirmed his country’s commitment to supporting Vietnam to bolster its cooperation with the European Union, including the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and working hand in hand with Vietnam at regional and international forums.

Earlier on the day, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovics conducted the political consultation under an agreement between the two foreign ministries.

Vietnam is the biggest trade partner of Latvia in Southeast Asia, while Latvia is the biggest trade partner of Vietnam in the Baltic region. Their two-way trade turnover reached US$166 million in 2017, ten times higher than the 2010 level.

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Latvia Andrejs Pildegovics is on a visit to Vietnam for the foreign deputy ministerial-level political consultation.