Thursday, 17 September 2009

State President receives Timor-Leste's FM

State President Nguyen Minh Triet on September 15 received Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa, who is on an official visit to Vietnam.

President Triet said that Vietnam is willing to co-operate, provide support and share experiences in the fields of economy, culture, society and poverty reduction with Timor-Leste.

For his part, the Timor-Leste foreign minister said his visit to Vietnam aims to seek specific fields for co-operation between the two countries. He also informed the State President of the results of his talks with his Vietnamese counterpart.

He said the two sides have agreed to accelerate the signing of various agreements and the establishment of a joint committee to lay the foundation for co-operation on development between Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Apart from promoting economic, scientific and technical, transport, medical and agricultural co-operation, the two sides also agreed to soon sign an agreement on investment promotion and protection so as to boost investment in Timor-Leste, he added.

The minister noted that Timor-Leste welcomes the co-operation between the business communities of the two countries and calls for Vietnam's support for its joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

President Triet suggested that the two countries should create specific activities to introduce their areas of potential and current strengths as well as further promoting bilateral co-operation.

He also confirmed Vietnam's support for Timor-Leste's participation in ASEAN and hoped that it will create favourable conditions for the two countries' co-operation. (VNA)

Vietnam wishes to strengthen ties with Timor-Leste

Vietnam wishes to boost relations and all-round co-operation with Timor-Leste, deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem has said.

During talks with the Timor-Leste Foreign Minister Zacarias Albano da Costa in Hanoi on September 15, the Vietnamese deputy PM spoke highly of national construction and development in the Southeast Asian country in recent years.

He also affirmed Vietnam's support for Timor-Leste's efforts in national stability, security and social order, as well as in national development.

The Timor-Leste FM praised Vietnam's achievements in its renewal process as well as its implementation of foreign policies and international integration.

The government of Timor-Leste takes Vietnam as a model in terms of national construction and development and looks forward to increased friendship and multifaceted co-operation with the country, he said.

The two sides expressed their pleasure at the development of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries over the last years.

Two-way trade value increased from US$5 million in 2003 to US$56 million in 2008. Notably, the figure climbed to US$71 million in the first seven months of 2009.

The two sides agreed to soon sign framework agreements on economic, cultural and scientific-technology co-operation, encouragement and protection of investment, and rice trading as well as establishing a joint committee between the two countries.

They also stressed the necessity of expanding co-operation to agriculture, fisheries, oil and gas and construction.

The two sides agreed to maintain bilateral co-operation between the two nations at regional and international forums, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the United Nations. (VNA)


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