| Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Pocivalsek (Photo: VNA)
During the reception, Minh asked Slovenia to urge the European Union (EU) and its members to ratify the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU- Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) at an early date in order to deliver practical benefits to the signatories as a means of further strengthening bilateral trade.
The Vietnamese diplomat expressed gratitude to the guest for offering condolences over the death of 39 Vietnamese in the UK, and thanked Slovenia for supporting Vietnam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.
The Slovenian guest briefed his host on the outcomes of the second meeting of the inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation and trade between the two countries, which he highlighted as an important event for both sides to further advance bilateral cooperation.
He also hailed Vietnam’s role and potential in the region and voiced support for the early ratification of the two trade deals.
On this occasion, the two sides consented to intensify all level delegation exchange, to offer favourable conditions for their businesses to cooperate and invest in the fields of their strength and demand, and to closely cooperate and offer mutual support at multilateral forums.