Vietnam attaches importance to relations with Bulgaria

(VOV) - Vietnam wants to develop the ties of friendship and cooperation with traditional friends, including Bulgaria, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has said.

Receiving President Rosen Plevneliev in Hanoi on October 28, Trong welcomed Plevneliev’s visit as a milestone in Vietnam-Bulgaria relations, saying the visit has given fresh impetus to traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

He thanked Bulgarian people for providing valuable assistance to Vietnam’s cause of national construction and defence.

Trong highly valued Bulgaria’s efforts to stabilise and development the local economy while integrating substantially into the region and the world.

He expressed hope Bulgaria, with its increasing role in the European Union, will help Vietnam strengthen relations with this important bloc.

He also proposed both sides expand bilateral relations between their parties, legislative bodies, governments, and people’s organisations, as well as closely monitoring their governments in effectively implementing signed agreements.

For his part, Plevneliev spoke highly of Vietnam’s development experience and its increasing position globally.

He briefed Trong on the result of his talks with President Truong Tan Sang, and said the fine development of traditional relations between Bulgaria and Vietnam will create the prerequisite for strengthening all-round cooperation in the near future.

He voiced Bulgaria’s support for the ongoing negotiations of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the EU and hoped the trade pact will be signed soon.

At another meeting the same day, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the Vietnam National Assembly will do its utmost to tighten ties with its Bulgarian counterpart, so as to promote mutual understanding and effective cooperation in all areas.

President Plevneliev said Bulgaria attaches importance to relations with Vietnam – the gateway to Southeast Asia.