Vietnam wishes for stronger ties with Denmark

(VOV) - Vietnam is keen to further strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with Denmark in all fields, especially in economics, trade, investment, Official Development Assistance (ODA), education-training and green growth.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement at a March 1 reception for Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Sovndal.  

Dung said he hopes Denmark will continue to create the best possible conditions for the Vietnamese community and support Vietnam in responding to climate change and sea level rise and protecting natural resources and biological environment.

The Danish guest expressed his admiration for the achievements Vietnam has made in the process of national construction and development which has helped raise the country’s international status.

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Denmark will make every effort together with Vietnam to implement the signed agreements and facilitate bilateral cooperation in new areas.

It is willing to share experience with Vietnam in adaption to climate change, sea level rise, environmental protection, waste treatment, food processing and health care, Sovndal said.

At talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh the same day, the Danish diplomat said his country is actively helping Vietnam carry out its 2012-2020 Green Growth Strategy, which in turn will pave the way for Danish firms to invest in sea port construction, ship building and food processing.

Danish FM affirmed that his side will support Vietnam in strengthening comprehensive cooperation with the EU, accelerating the approval of the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), and negotiations for the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA),

On the East Sea issue, Sovndal said that his country supports Vietnam’s stance on settling disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law.

The two FMs agreed to promote delegation exchanges and economic cooperation and close cooperation at multilateral and international forums.

They also exchanged views on regional and international matters of mutual concern such as ASEAN cooperation and the debt crisis in Europe.

Sovndal conducted a four-day visit to Vietnam (February 26- March 1). The visit comes at a time when Vietnam and Denmark are enjoying vigorous developments in bilateral cooperation.