VOV.VN - Greece always supports efforts to enhance all-round cooperation with Vietnam, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said while receiving Vice President of Vietnam Vo Thi Anh Xuan in Athens on November 1.
The two leaders were pleased to see that Vietnam and Greece have always maintained good friendship since they established diplomatic relations more than four decades ago. They agreed to strengthen delegation exchanges and contact at all levels in order to expand bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, culture and tourism.
Exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual concern, the two sides affirmed their support for settling disputes by peaceful means. They emphasized the importance of security, safety and freedom of navigation at sea in compliance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
At the meeting, President Sakellaropoulou announced Greece’s decision to donate 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam to support its COVID-19 fight.
Vice President Xuan forwarded an invitation letter from President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou to pay an official visit to Vietnam in 2022.
On the same day, Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan had a meeting with second Deputy Speaker of the Greek Parliament Charalampos Athanasiou.
Xuan highly appreciated Greece early ratifying the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
However, she said bilateral economic and trade cooperation remains modest compared to the two countries’ political relations and potential, and suggested that the Greek Parliament continue to promote effective implementation of the two agreements for mutual benefit.
For her part, Athanasiou affirmed that Greece attaches importance to developing the friendly and cooperative relations with Vietnam. She said the parliament and Government of Greece will work hard to improve the multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam both bilaterally and multilaterally.
Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan is in Athens for an official visit to Greece from October 31 to November 2.