Ukraine keen to boost ties with Vietnam

(VOV) – Ukraine considers Vietnam an important partner in the Asia-Pacific region and wants to expand multifaceted ties with this nation, says Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov.

The PM was speaking at a reception in Kiev on June 20 for Le Hong Anh, a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Political Bureau, who was visiting Ukraine.

Azarov noted with satisfaction the comprehensive cooperation partnership between Ukraine and Vietnam has developed strongly over the years, with two-way trade increasing significantly.

However, both sides have yet to fully tap their potential, said the PM.

He proposed that besides political ties, Ukraine and Vietnam increase bilateral cooperation in economics, trade and investment, and other areas of their concern, such as science-education, culture, tourism, sports, security and national defence.

Ukraine and Vietnam need to effectively implement agreements reached during reciprocal visits by their top leaders, said the PM.

For his part, Anh echoed Azarov’s view, saying the two countries have huge potential for strengthening cooperation in various areas.

He said the Ukraine visit in October 2011 by PM Nguyen Tan Dung and the Vietnam visit in November 2012 by PM Nikolai Azarov added fresh impetus to the comprehensive cooperation partnership between the two countries.

Anh proposed the two countries increase the operational efficiency of the Vietnam-Ukraine Inter-governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, speed up negotiations of a bilateral free trade agreement, and create conditions for their businesses and localities to boost cooperation.

The same day, parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak, who is also vice chairman of the Party of Regions, met with Politburo member Le Hong Anh who confirmed that the Vietnamese Party and State attach importance to expanding relations with political parties of countries.

He asked the Ukrainian parliament to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese expatriates to live and work stably in the country.