Tuesday, 26/9/2017
Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey paid an official visit Vietnam
14/9/2017 14:39' Send Print
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim chair the press conference. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; visited National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan; attended the Vietnam-Turkey Business Forum; and received the Medal "For the Cause of Social Sciences" awarded by the Academy of Social Sciences of Vietnam. On this occasion, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim laid a wreath at the Monument of Martyrs and Heroes, paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh in his Mausoleum; and visited the Temple of Literature, and Museum of Ethnology.

At the meetings, the two sides discussed the situation of each country as well as international and regional issues of mutual concern. Turkey expressed its admiration for the historic struggle for national liberation of the Vietnamese people. He highly appreciated the development of Vietnam in recent years, the role of Vietnam in ASEAN and expressed hope that Vietnam would act as a bridge for Turkey to strengthen relations with ASEAN countries, an important organization in the region and the world. Vietnam congratulated the socio-economic achievements of the Government and people of Turkey, making Turkey one of the 20 leading economies in the world.

On political relations, the two sides agreed to strengthen the exchange of delegations at all levels, encourage cooperation between ministries, sectors and localities of the two countries; encourage closer cooperation between the two countries' bilateral friendship organizations as well as develop bilateral ties between sister cities. The two sides pledged to continue to work closely together and support each other in international forums. Turkey affirmed its support for Vietnam's efforts to maintain regional stability in general and in the East Sea in particular. Turkey supports the position of Vietnam and ASEAN countries in settling disputes in the East Sea through peaceful means, and dialogue and respect for international law. The Turkish leader asked Vietnam to back his country’s effort to become a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board for 2017-2021 while expressing Turkey’s support for Vietnam’s bid for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021. Vietnam affirmed to do its utmost to promote ASEAN's relations with other countries and partners, including Turkey.

On trade cooperation, the two-way trade between Vietnam and Turkey reached nearly US$2 billion in 2016 and continues to grow rapidly. On investment, there are 13 investment projects of Turkey in Vietnam with a total capital of $730 million. Vietnam welcomed Turkey's ratification of the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Agreement on Investment Promotion and Protection. The two countries also signed the air transport agreement in 2015. The two sides pledged to increase bilateral trade turnover to $4 billion by 2020 by boosting trade and investment promotion activities. The Vietnamese side urged Turkey to early recognize Vietnam as a market economy and asked Turkey to abolish unreasonable taxes on many of Vietnam's exports such as footwear, fiber, conveyor belts, air conditioners, mobile phones...

The two sides agreed to work closely together to promote cooperation in the transport sector (especially maritime cooperation, shipbuilding, sailors training and promotion of cooperation between the two countries’ airlines such as Turkish Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, science and technology, culture and education, exchanges and cooperation between universities of the two countries, security and national defense and people diplomacy. In 2018, the two countries will jointly organize practical activities to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations (1978-2018).

On this occasion, the Ministry of Finance of Vietnam and the Ministry of Customs and Trade of Turkey signed the Agreement on cooperation and administrative support in customs; the Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam and the Ministry of Economy of Turkey signed the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of Free Zone, Export Processing Zones, Economic Zones and Special Economic Zones; and the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE), and the Vietnamese Directorate for Standards Metrology and Quality (STAMEQ) signed the Cooperation Plan for 2017-2018.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's official visit to Vietnam successfully concluded, contributing to the development of multifaceted relations between the two countries.

Phuong Tra