*3,200 Vietnamese who studied in Romania can contribute to resumption of relations of cooperation
Premier Dacian Ciolos met his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on Tuesday, discussing with him the resumption of Romanian-Vietnamese relations of cooperation. The Romanian Head of State pointed out that the more than 3,200 Vietnamese who studied in Romania could contribute to the attainment of this objective.
“Our traditional relations are well known. 66 years have passed since Romania started collaborating with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and we want to continue, in the following years, to strengthen these relations based on friendship, starting out from pragmatism and realism. Vietnam has been experiencing impressive economic growth in recent years and Romania wants Vietnam to be a privileged partner in this part of Asia. This is one of the reasons we are here,” Dacian Ciolos said during his official talks with the Vietnamese Government delegation led by Premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Subsequently, the two Premiers took part in a joint press opportunity, Nguyen Xuan Phuc stating that on the plane of trade, investment and other domains, such as tourism and education, the two countries have decided to implement the conclusions of the recent meeting of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission.
“We have agreed to favour companies and investors from the two countries in forming partnerships in domains in which the two countries have complementary advantages, such as oil and gas, electricity, naval shipyards and railway transport, agriculture and labour force,” Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated.
In his turn, the Romanian Premier talked about Vietnam’s development.
“I am glad to have this opportunity today, 21 years since a Romanian prime minister visited Vietnam, to resume dialogue between our governments and intensify it, given that there have been close cooperation ties for about 66 years. Vietnam has traditional ties with Romania, is a partner to Romania. We have seen, over the past years, impressive developments in Vietnam as far as economic growth is concerned. Vietnam is a modern country, increasingly more open to the world, with impressive economic development. And that is not the result of just the 66 years of diplomatic ties between Romania and Vietnam, but also because 3,200 Vietnamese people have attended school in Romania, know Romania, and many of them are holding important positions in the government and economy of Vietnam, all this provides premises for us to resume cooperation relations between our two countries to the next level,” said Ciolos.
According to the official timetable, on Tuesday the Head of Government visited the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and was scheduled to meet the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Assembly Speaker Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, and Communist Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong. At the same time, he was scheduled to attend a conference of Romanian and Vietnamese businessmen.
Part of the visit, official documents were signed in the presence of the two prime ministers. Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu and his Vietnamese counterpart signed a cooperation agreement in education and training between Romania’s Ministry of Education and Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Professional Training for 2016-2020.
The two foreign ministers also signed a cultural cooperation programme between Romania’s Ministry of Culture and Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Also on Tuesday, a cooperation memorandum was signed between Romania’s Transelectrica electricity transmission corporation and VietNam Electricity.
Ciolos on Monday started an Asian tour with an official visit to Vietnam through July 14, while on July 15-16 he will be in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, to attend the 11th Europe-Asia Meeting.
Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Minh accepts invitation to visit Romania
Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has accepted an invitation for an official visit to Bucharest extended by Romania’s Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu on Tuesday at a meeting in Hanoi, Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press statement.
“The conversation between the Romanian and Vietnamese chief diplomats focused on the latest developments in and prospects for traditional bilateral as well as multilateral cooperation, inside international organisations, the EU-ASEAN dialogue as well as inside ASEM and the UN. Also discussed were current international and regional affairs,” says MAE.
MAE adds that also underscored on the occasion were the special significance of the ongoing visit by the Romanian prime minister to the reinvigoration of the high-level dialogue and boosting the development of multifaceted relations between Romania and Vietnam, particularly economic ones to reflect the real potentials of the two countries.