|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
Both sides concurred to increase all-level delegation exchange so as to seek opportunities for cooperation expansion across multiple fields, especially economics, trade and investment.
They agreed to facilitate the export of Vietnamese agro-forestry-fishery products, garments-textiles, footwear, handicrafts and wooden products to Latvia and other Baltic countries, as well as Latvian green and food and wood processing technologies, equipment and machines to Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The two diplomats exchanged views on orientations to advance bilateral collaboration in education-training, labour, tourism and transportation while hailing the fruitful cooperation between Vietnam and Latvia at multilateral forums.
They consented to boost closer coordination within the frameworks of the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting and international forums.
Minh greatly valued Edgars Rinkevics’s visit, the first trip to Vietnam by a Latvian Foreign Minister since 1996, and voiced his hope that it will give added impetus to the promotion of the bilateral friendship and all-around cooperation.
He thanked Latvia for its support for the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
In reply, the Latvian diplomat affirmed that his country supports the trade deals and will make greater efforts to accelerate the ratification and implementation of these pacts, thereby bringing practical benefits to the bilateral economic, trade and investment ties.
Minh also praised the signing of the agreement on educational cooperation between the two countries and the organisation of the Vietnam-Latvia business conference during the visit.
He thanked Latvia for its support to Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, and called for more support and closer coordination from the country during the period of performing the post.
The two sides also compared notes on regional and international issues of shared concern, and underlined the significance of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation.
Latvia showed its support for the settlement of East Sea disputes by peaceful measures, without using force or threatening to use force, and on the basis of respect for international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).