At a meeting with Ambassador Igor Jukic, director general in charge of multilateral diplomacy under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Kien thanked the Ministry for coordinating with his embassy and relevant Vietnamese agencies in arranging a meeting between President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Slovenian President Borut Pahor on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly in September 2021.
Ambassador Nguyen Trung Kien recalled that at a meeting with the Slovenian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Technology in September 2021, Vietnam requested the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology to soon submit to the Slovenian National Assembly for ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He hoped that the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs would support and coordinate with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology to speed up this process.
He also suggested that the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs work closely alongside its Vietnamese counterpart to hold a political consultation in 2022 to outline major future cooperation orientations.
For his part, Ambassador Jukic affirmed that the cooperative relations between Vietnam and Slovenia in recent times have achieved encouraging results despite the impact of the COCID-19 pandemic. At the meeting with President Phuc, President Pahor expressed Slovenia’s desire to place Vietnam in a higher position in its foreign policy.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia will make every effort to coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Vietnam to realize this goal, he said.
At a working session with the leadership of the Port of Koper, Ambassador Kien requested that the Port authority coordinate with the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia to incorporate logistics cooperation into the working agenda of the third session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Economic and Trade and Scientific and Technological Cooperation between Vietnam and Slovenia to be held in 2022.
The Vietnamese diplomat also attended a roundtable of discussion on logistic cooperation that attracted the participation of many Vietnamese and Slovenian businesses operating in the field.
The Slovenian sides revealed that as soon as the COVID-19 outbreak is completely brought under control, they will send a group of businesses specializing in logistic services to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City to explore the possibility of shipping Vietnamese goods to European Union through the Port of Koper.