Vietnam, Azerbaijan discuss ways for stronger cooperation
Wednesday, 2017-09-13 15:25:52
NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov have discussed measures to further boost multifaceted cooperation between the two nations, particularly in the potential fields of oil and gas, education, culture and tourism.
During their talks in Hanoi as part of the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister’s visit to Vietnam from September 12-15, Minh said that Vietnam always attaches importance to developing cooperative ties with traditional friends, including Azerbaijan.
He spoke highly of the achievements that the Azerbaijani people have obtained during the process of national modernisation and development, helping Azerbaijan strengthen its role in the international arena.
For his part, Mammadyarov praised Vietnam’s successes in socio-economic development and international integration and affirmed that the Azerbaijani government desires to further enhance cooperation with Vietnam.
The ministers agreed to continue increasing the exchange of visits at all levels and speed up negotiations to soon sign agreements on investment and mutual recognition of product quality, thus completing the legal basis for bilateral partnership.
They expressed their delight at the steady growth of two-way trade in recent years, which hit US$104 million in 2016 and surged to US$114 million in the first half of this year.
The ministers welcomed the successful organisation of the first meeting of the Vietnam-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Committee for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technological Cooperation in January 2017, and vowed to continue upholding the efficiency of this cooperation mechanism.
They held that the foreign ministries of Vietnam and Azerbaijan should continue cooperating and coordinating effectively by holding regular dialogues and consultations on issues of mutual concern.
On regional and global issues, the ministers shared the view that territorial disputes must be settled through peaceful measures in line with international law, thus contributing to maintaining peace, stability and development in the region and the world.