FM receives Belgian counterpart

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FM receives Belgian counterpart

(VOV) - Vietnam hopes to strengthen the ties of friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Belgium, and praises the role it has played in the EU, said Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at a reception for Belgian Vice Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Didier Reynders in Hanoi on March 13.

PM Dung receives Belgian Crown Prince

Speaking at a press briefing after their meeting the same day, Mr Minh said talks between the two FMs on issues related to bilateral national ties had achieved positive results.

FM Minh spoke highly of Belgian Crown Prince Philippe’s visit as well as the outcome of the talks with his Belgian counterpart, Didier Reynders.

Vietnam will continue promoting the exchange of visits between delegations at all levels and coordinate with Belgium in organizing activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 2013, in addition to boosting cooperation in politics, economics, culture, science and technology, he said.

Both sides agreed to implement all their mutual agreements, improve the existing cooperation mechanisms, and hold regular consultations between the two foreign ministries, as well as create favourable conditions for investors seeking opportunities for cooperation, especially in Belgium’s strengths such as healthcare, seaports and infrastructure development.

Belgian FM Reynders said that his country will continue to provide financial assistance for Vietnam, particularly to support trade and investment, and boost cooperation between businesses by facilitating investment in both countries.

The two sides have maintained cooperation mechanisms in healthcare, science and technology and aim to promote exchanges between students, professors and research institutes in the future. Belgium is keen to boost information exchanges with Vietnam, particularly at international forums.

Belgium is also ready to support Vietnam’s participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and hopes the country will play an important role in the organization, Mr Reynders said.

He also said he hopes that Vietnam and Belgium will coordinate more closely to organize celebrations for the 40th anniversary of their diplomatic ties next year.

*** The same day, an economic delegation led by Belgian Crown Prince Philippe worked with the Ministry of Transport and the two sides agreed to cooperate in transport-related fields areas in the future.

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang thanked the Belgian government and businesses for their assistance in developing Vietnam’s transport infrastructure and sea port services. Thang also asked the Belgian government and businesses to continue cooperating with Vietnam in transport, particularly in logistics, exploiting and managing seaports, and developing express railways and airports.

Belgium will continue to provide Vietnam with ODA for funding transport projects, training technical managers, and exploiting and operating seaports, and airport logistical services.

This year, Belgium will also accelerate the implementation of two cooperative seaport projects with Vietnam in Hai Phong and Tien Giang.

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