PM Pham Minh Chinh received Greek FM Nikolaos Dendias, affirmed traditional friendship

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh affirmed that the Vietnamese government always attaches importance to the traditional friendship with Greece while receiving Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias in Hanoi on August 1.
PM Pham Minh Chinh received Greek FM Nikolaos Dendias, affirmed  traditional friendship
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh received Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias and affirmed traditional friendship. (Photo: VNA)

He thanked the Greek government for its gift worth 50,000 EUR to the Vietnam Olympics Committee and its donation of hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam in November 2021.

Vietnam and Greece should step up meetings and delegation exchanges at all levels, especially the high-level, and continue their mutual support at multilateral forums and international organisations, the Prime Minister said.

He also suggested the two countries play a more active role in handling regional and global issues, and effectively cooperate in such spheres as trade, agriculture, labour, culture, sports and tourism.

Expressing his delight at the bilateral trade, the Prime Minister called on Greece to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to penetrate the Greek market and the EU.

Businesses of the two countries should optimise the great opportunities generated by the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) in order to raise the bilateral trade revenue to 5 billion USD as agreed by Vietnamese and Greek senior leaders, Prime Minister Chinh continued.

He also asked ministries and agencies of the two sides to remove obstacles, towards the signing of a maritime transport agreement and another on double tax avoidance.

The Prime Minister lauded Greece as one of the first European countries to ratify the EVIPA, and called on the country to urge the European Commission (EC) to soon remove its “yellow card” warning on Vietnamese seafood.

He also suggested the two countries accelerate the implementation of a cultural cooperation agreement signed in 2008, especially the sharing of experience in archeology, the conservation and restoration of relics, making dossiers to seek UNESCO recognition.

Foreign Minister Dendias congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, controlling inflation, stabilising the macro-economy, ensuring major balances, and boosting economic recovery and development.

He affirmed that Greece always considers Vietnam a priority and important partner in the region and wishes to further strengthen multifaceted cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation.

The Greek Foreign Minister spoke highly of Vietnam's increasing role, position and contribution to maintaining peace, stability and development in the region and in the world.

He asserted his country’s strong support for Vietnam's stance as well as agreed on the importance of ensuring security and safety of aviation and navigation, and settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law, and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).

Prime Minister Chinh welcomed the proposal of the Greek side to build a monument and memorial space for President Ho Chi Minh in Greece.

He suggested agencies of the two sides work specifically to implement the proposal.

Prime Minister Chinh took the occasion to convey an invitation to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to visit Vietnam in the coming time.

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(Source: VNA)