Vietnamese, Algerian Foreign Ministers hold talks

VOV.VN -Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh spoke of his appreciation for the Vietnam-Algeria traditional relations during his talks with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel in Hanoi on July 13.

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Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh welcomes Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel (L).
During the talks, the Algerian diplomat hailed Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development and expressed his desire to promote ties with Vietnam in the fields of politics-diplomacy, trade, investment, oil and gas, and labour. He also highlighted the effective operations of Bir Seba joint-venture with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) as a symbol of success in bilateral cooperation. 

He suggested stepping up cooperation between the two countries’ provinces and cities through visits, trade fairs, training courses, and scholarships. 

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Deputy PM Minh thanked Algeria for providing invaluable support to Vietnam in the past struggles for national independence, as well as the current cause of national development. 

In order to deepen bilateral ties, he asked the two countries’ ministries and agencies to actualize the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Vietnam-Algeria Inter-Governmental Committee in November 2017. 

In the near future, Minh asked the two sides to make thorough preparationsl for the Algerian Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam in 2019, while also revamping the legal framework to facilitate bilateral trade-investment. 

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He called for greater efforts to implement the agreements on investment encouragement and protection, double taxation avoidance, plant quarantine, veterinary hygiene, and protocol on goods trade. 

Minh also proposed Algeria continue supporting PetroVietnam’s investment activities in the country, providing the best possible conditions for the group to expand exploration and exploitation of potential oil fields, and provide technical services in the field. 

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Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel (L) 

Regarding the prospects bilateral labour bonds, Minh suggested Algeria offer favourable conditions for Vietnamese workers to work in the long run in the country, and consider the signing of a labour cooperation agreement between the two nations in the time to come. 

Abdelkader Messahel invited FM Minh to visit Algeria and his invitation was graciously accepted.

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