(VOVworld)- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception for UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Hanoi on Wednesday stressing that his visit was a significant milestone since the two countries established diplomatic ties 42 years ago. The Vietnamese Party leader expressed hope that the UK leader’s visit will improve mutual understanding and strengthen relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and UK political parties, and promote bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, education and training. The Party leader said he hoped that the UK would continue raising its positive voice for the peaceful settlement of disputes in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. PM Cameron declared that the UK Government treasures ties with Vietnam and considers Vietnam one of its important partners. He said the UK will step up efforts to deliver on commitments in priority fields mentioned in the joint statement on the establishment of Vietnam-UK strategic partnership. The same day, at a meeting with the visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron in Hanoi, State President Truong Tan Sang spoke highly of cooperative relations between Vietnam and the UK in politics, economics and defence-security. The State President expressed his belief that trade relations between the two countries will be lifted up when Vietnam and the European Union (EU) signs their free trade agreement (FTA). He also thanked the UK for its support in the East Sea issue that has contributed to maintaining peace and stability in the Asian-Pacific region.