PM meets Russian, Philippine leaders at ASEAN Summit
Tuesday, 2017-11-14 14:58:02
NDO/ VNA – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held separate meetings with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and related summits in Manila on November 14.
At the meeting, between the Vietnamese and Russian PMs, the two leaders expressed their pleasure at the positive development of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership with enhanced political trust and trade growth.
Two-way trade increased by 26 percent in the first nine months of 2017 while trade between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) also grew by 23.5%, the noted.
The PMs agreed to take drastic measures to fully tap into the huge cooperation potentials between the two countries in addition to expanding trade and investment ties with a stronger focus placed on agriculture.
PM Phuc proposed that Russia should soon grant licenses to Vietnamese aquatic exporters who have been recognized by Vietnamese quality management agencies.
PM Medvedev affirmed that Russia would increase imports of aquatic products from Vietnam, which meet the EAEU requirements and agreed with PM Phuc’s proposal on making it easier for the reception of Vietnamese guest workers in Russia.
The two leaders consented to promote payments in local currencies to facilitate commercial transactions and enhance cooperation in energy, defense-security, information communication, cultural exchanges, tourism and using outer space for peaceful purposes.
They also pledged to strengthen coordination at multilateral forums.
The Russian PM invited Vietnamese enterprises to participate in the Ekaterinburg international exhibition 2018.
During his meeting with President Duterte, PM Phuc suggested that the two sides actively deploy already signed agreements, including a rice trading deal.
He proposed that President Duterte direct Philippine competent agencies to pay more attention to ensuring safety for Vietnamese sailors and address relevant issues.
The two leaders agreed to maintain regular high-level visits and meetings as well as bilateral cooperation mechanisms, increase two-way trade, beef up coordination in the fight against crime, including drug crime, and ensure maritime security.