Tuesday, 21/11/2017
Developing comprehensive and extensive Vietnam-Belarus partnership
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President Tran Dai Quang and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. Photo: VNA

During the visit, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, met with President of the Belarusian Parliamentary Assembly Vladimir Andreichenko, and Prime Minister of Belarus A.V. Kobyakov.

President Tran Dai Quang laid wreaths at the Victory Monument, visited the Great Patriotic War Museum, the Minsk Automobile Factory, the Tetraezd Defense Facility, met with members of the Belarus-Vietnam Friendship Association and Belarus veterans who had worked in Vietnam.

At the talks and contacts, the two sides informed each other of the situation in each country in a friendly atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding. The two sides signed the Joint Statement reflecting the two countries’ similar viewpoints on bilateral relations and international issues as well as affirming their consistent policy of reinforcing and developing the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Belarus. The leaders expressed their satisfaction at the continuous, dynamic and constructive development of bilateral relations.

The two sides affirmed the shared wish to increase bilateral trade and economic co-operation, recognized the huge co-operation potential, and agreed to effectively implement the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The two leaders welcomed the establishment of the Vietnamese-Belarusian joint venture MAZ Asia to assembly Belarus’ trucks in Vietnam, and pledged to facilitate its operation. In addition, the two sides concurred to promote the implementation of cooperation projects, facilitate the manufacture of complex technical products of Belarus in Vietnam for export to ASEAN member countries, generate new jobs and raise the standards of Vietnamese workers and meet the interests of both parties.

Both nations agreed to enhance collaboration in agriculture, petrochemicals, light industry, information technology, banking, electronics, mining, aquatic processing, industrial-agricultural produce, and other economic sectors.

Both sides acknowledged big opportunities and the wish to become more involved in each other’s national programmes, infrastructure, energy, and other projects, including the design and construction of underground, the national library, and mining in Vietnam, and projects in industry, agriculture, information communication, and tourism in Belarus. The two sides affirmed the urgency and necessity of the implementation of the Belarus-Vietnam Cooperation Program in the fields of science, education and culture for the period of 2016-2018.

With effective and reliable cooperation in the field of national defense and security, contributing to national security as well as regional and global stability, the two sides will continue to effectively implement the Program for development of military technical cooperation in the 2016-2020 period.

Viet Nam highly appreciated and expressed the hope that Belarus will continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, study and work in Belarus;appreciated Belarus’ decision to simplify visa procedures for Vietnamese citizens having Schengen visa or visas issued by EU member countries as from February 12, 2017. Belarus thanked Vietnam for exempting visa for Belarusian citizens entering Vietnam for a short time as from 1 July 2015, as well as including Belarus in the list of countries benefiting from Vietnam’s pilot e-visa project, maintaining that the decisions have a positive impact on the development of tourism, and contacts between businesses and people-to-people exchanges.

The two sides agreed to intensify cooperation between Vietnamese and Belarusian localities by drafting new cooperation agreements, exchanging delegations as well as concluding concretized cooperation programs. Vietnam welcomed the organization of "Belarusian Cultural Days in Vietnam" in May -2017. Belarus was pleased to receive the Vietnamese side's plan to organize "Vietnam Culture Days in Belarus" in 2018.

Both sides affirmed the similarities in their viewpoints on key regional and global issues, expressing the readiness to cooperate closely within the framework of international organizations, especially the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement, and to work together for the building of fair and equal international political and economic orders.

They also agreed to coordinate closely to promote the implementation of global agreements such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

They underscored the importance and necessity of respecting each other’s sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity, the principle of not interfering in other countries’ internal affairs and not using or threatening to use force, the principles of win-win cooperation for peace, stability and development, and adherence to standards of international law and the UN Charter. Both sides supported the settlement of territorial disputes, including the East Sea disputes, by peaceful means without using or threatening to use force with the participation of all concerned parties. They welcomed efforts to draft and soon ratify a Code of Conduct (COC) of Parties in the East Sea.

The two sides declared support to policies on active international integration of Vietnam and Belarus. The Vietnamese side affirmed the readiness to support Belarus’ wish to consolidate multi-faceted co-operation with Southeast Asian nations. The Belarusian side said it is willing to assist Vietnam in developing win-win co-operation with the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Commonwealth of Independent States (SNG) and welcomed Vietnam’s growing role in the region, especially the hosting of APEC 2017.

The official visit to Belarus by President Quang contributes significantly to the solidification of the traditional friendship and comprehensive co-operation and is an important step towards the establishment of a strategic partnership between Vietnam and Belarus.

Synthesized by Phuong Trà