Vietnam always attaches importance to promoting traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with the Czech Republic, and would like to further expand cooperation with the country in all fields, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son said. .
The head of Vietnamese diplomacy, on an official visit to the Czech Republic on June 9 and 10, made this statement during a meeting with the President of the Czech Senate Milos Vystrcil and the meeting with his Czech counterpart Jan Lipavsky that he extended his invitation to visit Vietnam.
Czech leaders expressed their impression of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and spoke highly of Vietnam’s increasingly important position and role in recent years. They claimed that Vietnam is the Czech Republic’s most important partner in Southeast Asia.
The two sides acknowledged that high-level meetings and exchanges of delegations have been maintained regularly in recent years, in particular the official visit to Vietnam in April by Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, which has helped to increase political trust between the parties. two countries and to give new impetus to strengthen bilateral cooperation in other areas.
Bilateral trade: 848 million USD in 2022
Thanks to the positive impacts of the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), trade and investment cooperation between the two countries has become a bright spot with bilateral trade reaching USD 848 million in 2022, in increase of almost 15% compared to the previous year.
The leaders agreed to discuss and agree soon on a new relationship framework to comprehensively promote cooperation between the two countries; fully exploit the opportunities offered by the EVFTA and create favorable conditions for their respective exports to each other’s markets; strengthen the operational efficiency of the Vietnam-Czech Republic Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation; and facilitate the connection between their businesses and their market intelligence of the other country.
The Czech side positively noted Minister Bùi Thanh Son’s proposal to urge other EU countries to promptly ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and the European Commission (EC ) to soon withdraw its yellow card warning for Vietnamese aquatic products.
The two sides also discussed measures to expand bilateral cooperation in security, defense, education, training, labor, culture and tourism.
They agreed to strengthen their close coordination and mutual support within multilateral organizations and forums, in particular the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Dialogue (ASEM) and within the framework of the ASEAN-EU strategic partnership.
On the East Sea issue, both sides affirmed their support for the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures, and in accordance with international law, the United Nations Charter and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. 1982 (UNCLOS 1982).
Minister Bùi Thanh Son thanked the Czech government for creating favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live stably and successfully integrate into the European country, expressing his belief that the community will continue to actively promote its role bridge to develop friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
This article is originally published on lecourrier.vn