VGP – Vietnam and Luxembourg have agreed to boost the bilateral relations through enhancing cooperation in finance-banking, insurance, heavy industry, logistics, tourism, science and technology, environment, sustainable development among others.
The agreement was made during the talks between Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh who is on first official visit to the European Union country since he took office.
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
Both sides also agreed to beef up the implementation of joint development projects of the Vietnam-Luxembourg Indicative Cooperation Program for the 2011-2015 period, focusing on healthcare, education and vocational training, rural development in disadvantaged areas.
They stressed the need to discuss visa exemptions for the holders of diplomatic passports and that Vietnam and Luxembourg will continue to work closely at international forums and organizations.
Deputy PM Jean Asselborn praised Vietnam’s increasing role in the region and its taking over the role as coordinator of ASEAN-EU relations from July 2012.
Regarding cooperation between the two foreign ministries, Foreign Minister Minh suggested that the Foreign Ministry of Luxembourg encourages universities, research centers and institutes to exchange researchers and students with their Vietnamese partners as well as support Vietnam in French language training, international relations and drawing up new legislation.
Later the same day, Foreign Minister Minh met with Luxembourg’s Minister of Development Cooperation, Marie-Josee Jacops, to discuss implementing Luxembourg’s ODA projects in Vietnam and ways of boosting bilateral ties in this field./.
By Huong Giang