|At the meeting between Politburo member and permanent member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong, and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) Jan Hamáček. (Photo: VNA)
Senior leaders of the Czech Republic affirmed that the European country considers Vietnam its leading important partner in Southeast Asia
while receiving Politburo member and permanent member of the Communist Party of Vietnam
(CPV) Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong in Prague on October 23.
Vuong paid a visit to the Czech Republic from October 22-24 at the invitation of Vojtěch Filip, Vice Chairman of the Czech Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies and Chairman of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM).
He met with Jan Hamáček, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Czech Social Democratic Party
(CSSD); and Karel Havlíček, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade. He also held talks with KSCM leaders to promote traditional friendship between the two countries more practically and effectively.
At the meetings, the two sides shared their views on the unceasing development of friendship and collaboration between Vietnam and the Czech Republic over the recent past, with regular high-level political dialogues.
Vietnam wishes to enhance cooperation with the Czech Republic through Party channels and people-to-people diplomacy, Vuong said.
The hosts, for their part, said the Czech Republic wants to develop the friendship and cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economy-trade and defence-security, and agreed to join hands with the Vietnamese side to organise activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020.
Vuong and Jan Hamáček discussed measures to step up bilateral collaboration, particularly in crime combat and citizen protection.
Vuong called on the Czech Republic to facilitate the travelling of Vietnamese and Czech citizens in order to boost tourism development, people-to-people exchanges and trade links between the two countries.
Hamáček said the Czech Republic will roll out a more open policy on visa grant to foreigners, including Vietnamese.
Regarding the East Sea issue, Vuong thanked the Czech Republic
for its support for Vietnam’s stance on settling East Sea disputes by peaceful measures, in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS), and ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the waters.
At a meeting with Karel Havlíček, the two sides looked into measures to boost cooperation in economy, trade, education and defence equipment procurement.
Vuong rejoiced at the fruitful bilateral ties over the past time, with two-way trade reaching nearly 1.2 billion USD. However, he said, the economic-trade cooperation has yet to match their potential and strength.
Havlíček told his guest that the Czech Republic wants to sign a cooperation agreement with Vietnam in geological survey, mining; scientific research, education; high-tech production and transfer, and defence-security.
At the meeting with Vojtěch Filip as well as talks with KSCM First Deputy Chairman Petr Simunek and Deputy Chairman Vaclav Ort, the sides also sought specific measures to enhance bilateral relations, covering the Party channel.
Vuong said Vietnam wishes to strengthen the time-honored friendship with the Czech Republic in all channels, especially with the KSCM, while developing cooperative ties with parties in the ruling alliance and other parties that hold important roles in the Czech political arena to create a firm political foundation for more comprehensive bilateral cooperation.
The hosts expressed their wish that the CPV and the KSCM will regularly exchange information about the two Parties, countries and the global political situation to strengthen their cooperation.
Also on October 23, Vuong visited the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy. On October 22, he attended the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Vietnamese Association in the country./.