Vietnam cements ties with Belarus

Vietnam attaches importance to relations with Belarus in various domains, especially in trade, investment, education and training, and tourism, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) and Mikhail Myasnikovich sign cooperation agreement (Source: VNA)

PM Dung made the statement during his talks with his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich, in Hanoi on Nov. 29, following an official welcome for the latter.

PM Dung said the visit is a significant boost to the traditional friendship between the two countries, bringing practical benefits for the two sides.

For his part, PM Mikhail Myasnikovich stressed that Belarus considers developing relations with Vietnam a top priority of the country’s external policy.

Highlighting Vietnam ’s support to Belarus at international forums, the Belarusian PM expressed his wish to step up cooperation with Vietnam in many areas, particularly in industry and agriculture, through joint ventures in diesel machinery production, trucks, mining, pharmaceutical products and professional training.

Belarus has decided to grant full scholarships to five percent of Vietnamese students studying in Belarus and create conditions for the Vietnamese community to live and work in the country, he affirmed.

The two PMs expressed their joy at the strong development of the Vietnam-Belarus traditional friendship and cooperation, especially in trade and investment.

They agreed to prioritise the promotion of trade and investment ties and to bring two-way trade between the two countries to around 1 billion USD in the next five years.

The two leaders emphasised the need to exchange delegations at all levels to increase mutual understanding and trust and ensure close coordination at international and regional forums, especially at the United Nations.

They were unanimous on promptly starting negotiations for a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the customs alliance of Belarus , Russia and Kazakhstan .

PM Dung took the occasion to ask Belarus to assist the Vietnamese community in Belarus .

PM Mikhail Myasnikovich invited PM Dung to visit Belarus and the latter accepted the invitation with the time of the visit to be arranged through diplomatic channels.

Following the talks, the two leaders inked a joint communiqué on the outcomes of the visit and witnessed the signing of a cooperative agreement on education and training, an agreement on citizens working under contract, an agreement on cooperation in judicial assessment and a cooperative programme between the two ministries of justice agreement for the 2012-2013 period, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the exchange of customs data and two fertiliser contracts.

The two PMs also shared the outcomes of their talks to the press.

On the evening of the same day, PM Dung and his wife hosted a banquet in honour of the Belarusian PM, his wife and entourage.

Also on Nov. 29, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hosted a reception for Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich.

PM Mikhail Myasnikovich informed his host of the results of meetings with Vietnamese leaders.

He said Belarus attaches importance to developing the traditional friendship with Vietnam , saying Belarus will make every effort to further enhance the multifaceted relations with Vietnam , especially in economic trade, culture, science and technology and soon raise two-way trade to 1 billion USD.

The Belarusian PM pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses and citizens living and working in the country.

For his part, General Secretary Trong said Vietnam always attaches importance to relations with traditional friends, including Belarus . He affirmed Vietnam ’s resolve to consolidate and further develop relations between the two countries.

The same day, President of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa received the wife of the Belarusian PM Lady Ludmila Myasnikovich in Hanoi , who made suggestions for cooperation between the VWU and the Belarus Women’s Association in vocational training and the exchange of experts.

Ludmila Myasnikovich also visited the Vietnam Women’s Museum in Hanoi.

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