Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan meets Bulgarian leaders
|Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (left) and her Bulgarian counterpart Iliana Iotova. (Photo: VNA)|
At the meetings, Xuan affirmed that her visit demonstrates the wish of Vietnamese leaders and people to further enhance the traditional friendship between the two countries in all spheres.
She thanked Bulgaria for its support to Viet Nam in the process of negotiations and signing of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and suggested the two countries optimise opportunities presented by the deal to foster the bilateral trade ties as well as cooperation between ministries and agencies.
The Vietnamese Vice President called on Bulgaria to create optimal conditions for a number of Vietnamese goods to increase their presence in the market, and then penetrate the EU market.
She also asked Bulgarian high-ranking officials to work to urge the two legislatures to soon ratify the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and stated that Viet Nam always creates favourable conditions for Bulgarian firms to invest and run business in the Southeast Asian country.
The Vice President used the occasion to appeal to Bulgaria to grant more scholarships to Vietnamese students, increase cultural and art exchanges, strengthen tourism collaboration, share experience in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, and consider receiving more Vietnamese guest workers.
She thanked the Bulgarian State and people for their assistance to the Vietnamese community in the country amid COVID-19 over the past time.
The Bulgarian leaders appreciated Xuan’s choice of Bulgaria as the first foreign country to visit in her capacity as Vice President of Viet Nam.
President Rumen Radev expressed his admiration for the socio-economic achievements Viet Nam has recorded, and spoke highly of the progress in the bilateral relations.
Bulgaria stands ready to serve as a gateway for Viet Nam to forge its relations with the European Union, they pledged.
Vice President Iliana Iotova said Viet Nam and Bulgaria have substantial cooperation potential, and suggested the two sides beef up collaboration in traditional fields.
Before arriving in Bulgaria, Vice President Xuan visited Frankfurt, Germany, on October 25, where she received President of the Hessen State Parliament Boris Rhein.
During the reception, she thanked the authorities and people of Hessen State for their timely donations of COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies to Viet Nam.