President Tran Dai Quang holds talks with President Lukashenko

Tuesday, 2017-06-27 08:53:31
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Visiting President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang (R) and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Visiting President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko held talks, in Minsk on June 27, reiterating their determination to make greater efforts in bringing their bilateral ties to the next level.

President Tran Dai Quang stated that Vietnam has always attached significant importance to cementing and stepping up their traditional friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation with Belarus.

For his part, President Alexander Lukashenko affirmed that his country has always considered Vietnam as one of its important external priorities in Asia, hailing Vietnam’s efforts in undertaking the hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic (APEC) Forum in 2017, whilst wishing that the country holds the APEC Year successfully.

The leaders expressed their delight at the positive developments in the countries’ cooperation, across the board, and asserted their resolve to strengthen and develop the traditional bilateral friendship and multi-faceted cooperation in a comprehensive, practical and efficient manner, benefitting both countries.

They agreed to maintain the regular exchange of visits, especially those of high-ranking delegations, in order to reinforce political trust, along with boosting the State, parliament, sector and locality links, whilst continuing to collaborate at multilateral forums such as the United Nations and the Non-aligned Movement, protecting their countries’ interests and security, as they strive for a world of peace, stability and prosperity.

The Presidents discussed and reached a consensus on an array of solutions to furthering the bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation, to match their sound political ties.

They noted the coordination to efficiently implement the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union and the Protocol on supporting the production of motored transport vehicles in the territory of Vietnam, with a view to making a breakthrough in the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, supporting the effort to bring two-way trade to US$500 million in the next two years, along with studying possibilities to expand cooperation in agriculture which is still untapped by the two countries.

The two Presidents said they were glad that the two countries’ first joint venture in vehicle manufacturing is being set up and is expected to be operating before the end of the year.

They agreed to continue their efforts in carrying out cooperation programmes in the economy, science, education and culture sectors for the 2016-2018 period; to efficiently deploy defence-security affiliations; and to facilitate win-win cooperation between localities.

President Tran Dai Quang hailed Belarus for organizing Belarus Cultural Days in Hanoi and Lao Cai in May and wished that both sides would conduct more cultural and sporting exchange activities in the future.

The leaders shared their high estimations of efforts made by both sides in making it easy for their citizens’ entry and exit and promoting tourism links.

The Vietnamese President expects that Belarus will continue helping the Vietnamese community to integrate into its society and contribute actively in strengthening the friendship between the two peoples.

Regarding international issues, they shared common viewpoints on many regional and global matters, emphasizing the central role of the United Nations in safeguarding international peace and security and sustainable development, and delivering their support for the organization in improving its operation efficiency.

President Alexander Lukashenko asserted his backing of Vietnam’s position on tackling territorial disputes, including those in the East Sea, by peaceful measures without using force or the threat of force, with the participation of all sides concerned. He said he welcomes efforts to achieve a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), as soon as possible.

He expressed his belief that the official visit to Belarus by President Quang will surely create a new impulse for the Vietnam-Belarus cooperation to grow robustly across all sectors, thus providing a solid foundation for the bilateral ties to reach a new height, meeting their people’s aspiration and interest, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and throughout the world.

President Tran Dai Quang invited President Alexander Lukashenko to visit Vietnam, which will be arranged via diplomatic channels.

Following the talks, the Presidents signed a joint statement on developing the partnership between Vietnam and Belarus intensively and extensively.

They witnessed the signing of nine cooperative documents, including a Protocol on amending the Protocol between the Governments of Vietnam and Belarus on supporting the production of motored transport vehicles in the territory of Vietnam, and those covering science and technology, military technology, sport and physical training, geology, and locality cooperation.