Vietnam regarded as strategic partner of Belarus in Southeast Asia

VOV.VN - Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas has described Vietnam as a friend and strategic partner of Belarus in Southeast Asia as the country’s socio-economic development strategies are entirely compatible and similar to those of Belarus such as technological reform and high-tech development.

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At the meeting between NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas.
National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas on December 13 as part of her ongoing official visit to the European country.

During the meeting, the top Vietnamese legislator extended the best regards and invitation from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Belarusian PM to make an official visit to Vietnam in the near future.

She told her host that Vietnam always places great importance to time-honoured friendship and all-around cooperation with Belarus. She thanked Belarusian people for their valuable support for Vietnam in the past national liberation and reunification, as well as the current construction and development.

The two nations should further cooperate in such potential fields as farm produce processing, agricultural machines, and automobile assembly and production, assuring Vietnam’s willingness to create all favourable conditions for the operation of Maz Asia, the first automobile joint venture inaugurated in the northern province of Hung Yen in September this year.

The Vietnamese NA leader asked both sides to devise a score of practical measures to remove  the current difficulties in order elevate two-way trade to US$500 million in the time to come.

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She suggested revamping the legal basis to enhance bilateral trade and investment, as well as implement signed agreements and look for new cooperation fields.

Ngan voiced her hope that Belarus will offer optimal conditions for Vietnam to bolster the export of its traditional products to the European country while urging both sides to maintain their regular cross- cultural exchanges and step up bilateral cooperation in science and technology.

Vietnam hopes Belarus to further facilitate the entry and exit by Vietnamese citizens, she said and thanked the Belarusian leader for providing the best possible conditions for the Vietnamese community in the host country.

Ngan also expressed her hope that PM Rumas and his government will continue advocating the stance of Vietnam and ASEAN in settling disputes by peaceful means.

The Belarusian PM said the exchange of visits by senior officials over the past time has created a firm foundation for the two countries to propel bilateral cooperative ties forwards.

The Belarusian PM thanked Vietnam for always supporting his country’s initiatives at the global arena and the United Nations, adding that the two sides share similar viewpoints on international issues.

He called on the two countries to seek new cooperation orientations towards stronger economic and trade partnership and asked Vietnam to grant licenses for Belarus to export meat, milk and agricultural products to the Southeast Asian market.

Rumas suggested augmenting cooperation in automobile manufacturing. Belarus has experience and high technology in this field, and it had opened a joint venture producing trucks in Vietnam in September 2019. The Belarusian Government is now offering the best conditions for this joint venture’s activities, and hopes the Vietnamese counterpart will do the same, he added.

Belarus is also willing to help Vietnam with training scientists in machinery and high technology, he told his guest.

Vietnam welcomes Belarusian businesses to invest in the country and will facilitate their long-term and stable investment, Ngan said.

At the meeting, the two sides also compared notes on a host of issues of shared concern.      

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Earlier the same day, the National Assembly Chairwoman laid wreaths at the "Minsk - Hero City" Monument and visited the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.