Foreign Ministers of Vietnam and Oman hold phone talks, forging multi-faceted cooperation
|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son talks over the phone with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi on June 22. (Photo: WVR/Tuan Anh)|
Foreign Minister Son highly valued remarkable developments in cooperation between the two countries over the past three decades in politics, diplomacy, economy and trade, saying they have maintained delegation exchanges and mutual support at international forums, and in natural disaster response and the COVID-19 fight.
The Minister viewed economic cooperation as a bright spot in bilateral ties, with two-way trade hitting 338.1 million USD last year, nearly doubling the figure in the previous year.
The Vietnam-Oman Investment (VOI) fund has operated effectively, with an array of projects rolled out in essential fields in Vietnam like water management, agriculture, health care and renewable energy, the minister continued.
For his part, the Omani Minister lauded the achievements Vietnam has recorded in politics, external relations, economy and social affairs, and affirmed that Oman always attaches importance to promoting its multi-faceted cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.
The two Ministers shared the view that there is still ample room for bilateral cooperation, especially in the economy, trade, investment, labour, agriculture, fishery and seaports.
Regarding measures to consolidate and improve the efficiency of cooperation, they said Vietnam and Oman should step up the exchange of delegations at all levels, particularly the high-level ones, continue their close coordination at international forums and organisations, and maintain the existing cooperation mechanisms such as the inter-governmental committee and political consultation between the two foreign ministries.
To create breakthroughs in economic collaboration, the Ministers stressed that the two countries need to coordinate in trade and investment promotion, increase information exchange and business connectivity, and speed up negotiations of major cooperation agreements to consolidate the legal framework for bilateral cooperation.
Minister Son used the occasion to invite the Omani Minister to visit Vietnam, and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.