Phuc conveyed his regards to Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, and suggested both countries work closely together to carry out activities in the lead up to the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam – Chile diplomatic ties in 2022.
He stated that amid the current global COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining a good relationship helps promote cooperation in pandemic prevention and control. He spoke highly of Chile’s effective control of COVID-19, and thanked the country for its willingness to cooperate and provide Vietnam with a certain amount of vaccines.
The enforcement of the Vietnam-Chile Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), along with the fine development of bilateral political ties will serve to beef up the two countries’ cooperation in the future, Phuc said.
The President expressed his delight at hearing that the two-way trade turnover in the first nine months of this year reached nearly US$1.5 billion, up 59% over the same period last year.
Minister Oscar Enrique Paris welcomed President Phuc’s proposal, and said Chile is willing to share vaccines with Vietnam, as well as to cooperation in health care with the Southeast Asian nation.
He suggested that the two countries coordinate closely in taking advantage of the CPTPP to bring practical benefits to both sides.