The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Uruguay conducted their first political consultation meeting during the visit to Vietnam by a delegation of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay’s Foreign Ministry led by Deputy Minister Luis Porto from October 3-5.
At the meeting, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga and her Uruguay counterpart highly valued the positive development in bilateral ties, particularly the outcomes of visits made by the two countries’ leaders such as the Uruguay visit by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan in 2009 and the trips to Vietnam by President Tabare Vazquez in 2007 and Vice President Danilo Astori in 2012.
Deputy FM Porto said Uruguay is ready to cooperate with Vietnam in the potential fields of economics, trade, agriculture, telecommunication and oil and gas. He added that Uruguay always considers Vietnam as an important partner in East Asia.
He also congratulated Vietnam on the success in its renewal cause, which helps raise the country’s position and role in the international arena.
In reply, Deputy FM Nga urged Uruguay to recognize Vietnam’s market oriented economy soon, and expressed her hope to promote the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Uruguay.
The two officials agreed to boost negotiations for an early signing of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and establish a joint committee for economic and trade cooperation, which will form a legal framework for the two countries’ cooperation in economics, trade and investment.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, and pledged that the two countries will continue to support each other at international and multilateral forums.