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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong paid an official visit to Hungary
4/10/2018 16:45' Send Print
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomes Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: VNA

During his visit to Hungary, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, met President Janos Ader, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hende Csaba, attended the conference of rectors of Vietnam and Hungary’s universities, and visited Szentendre city.

Through talks and meetings, the two sides agreed to promote effective cooperation in all areas, especially economic cooperation, trade, investment, defense, education and training, science and technology, and environment, health, culture, sports, tourism, and shared experience in preserving and promoting cultural identity and traditions in the development process.

The two leaders agreed that over the past 68 years, the traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary has been strongly developed, especially in recent years.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Viktor Orban unanimously agreed to elevate the framework of relations between the two countries to "comprehensive partnership", whereby the two sides will maintain regular meetings, exchanges and contacts between leaders of the two countries, enhance political consultations, and strategic dialogues on all channels including the Party, the Government, the National Assembly, ministries, sectors, and localities.

The two sides agreed to intensify consultations on regional and international issues of mutual concern, effective cooperation in multilateral organizations and forums, especially in the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Cooperation Meeting (ASEM) and the Mekong-Danube Cooperation.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong affirmed Vietnam's support for Hungary's expansion of cooperation with ASEAN countries, readiness to be a bridge for Hungary in its cooperation with ASEAN countries. The Hungarian Prime Minister pledged to support and promote comprehensive relationship between Vietnam and the EU, affirming that it would accelerate the signing, ratification and full implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, contributing to strengthen connectivity of the EU market, including Hungary, with Vietnam and ASEAN markets.

On economic, trade and investment, the two leaders said that cooperation in these fields has developed rapidly, but not corresponded to the potential and desire of the two countries, and there is room for cooperation

The two sides affirmed to step up the work of the Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary, take measures to support and facilitate the business community of the two countries to exchange, contact and seek business cooperation opportunities, facilitate the goods of the two countries to assess each other's market, expand cooperation in the areas of healthcare, water management, information technology, pharmaceuticals, food safety, environmental protection, renewable energy, among others.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highly appreciated Hungary's view that Vietnam is a priority partner in its ODA policy, and asked the two sides to closely coordinate to select projects within the capacity of Hungary and the needs of Vietnam, and effectively implement official development assistance. General Secretary thanked and highly valued the Hungarian Government’s commitment to continue providing 200 scholarships per year to Vietnamese students.

Both sides hailed the signing of a number of cooperation documents on defense, security, judiciary, healthcare and education and training, creating the basis for strengthening the effective and substantive cooperation and lauded the organization of “the Second Conference of rectors of Vietnam and Hungary’s universities” in Budapest.

Both sides agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of culture, sports and tourism in order to enhance understanding and friendship between the two peoples, and urged the two countries' authorities to develop plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties by 2020.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban highly valued the position and contributions of the Vietnamese community in Hungary and affirmed that the Hungarian Government will continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live and integrate in the host country and promote the role as a bridge in the relationship of two countries.

On this occasion, the two sides issued a joint statement on the establishment of the Comprehensive Partnership between Vietnam and Hungary and signed seven cooperation documents, creating a legal basis for bilateral relations to continue developing in many fields.

Editor (Synthesized from VNA)