Viet Nam, Greece seek to further promote multifaceted cooperation
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. (Photo: VNA)
President Sakellaropoulou lauded the important achievements that Viet Nam has made during its struggle for independence and present process of socio-economic development. She affirmed that Greece highly valued the increasingly important role of Viet Nam in the region and the world, and hoped to foster cooperation with Viet Nam in all fields.
The two leaders agreed that the two sides should increase meetings and exchange of delegations at all levels among ministries, sectors and localities as well as the two business communities. They assigned the two ministries of foreign affairs to review and speed up solutions to promote the bilateral partnership.
President Phuc took this occasion to thank Greece for providing COVID-19 vaccines to Viet Nam.
Both sides showed delight that despite impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, trade between the two countries still increased to 447 million USD in 2021, up 33 percent year on year, and two times higher than the 15 percent growth in Viet Nam-EU trade.
The Presidents agreed to promote the win-win partnership, while encouraging and creating favourable conditions for businesses from both nations to strengthen exchanges, focusing on areas of Viet Nam’s demand and Egypt’s strengths such as shipbuilding, maritime logistics, energy and agriculture. In order to create a framework for bilateral economic cooperation, they agreed to increase negotiations for a double tax avoidance agreement and another on maritime transport.
They pledged to increase collaboration in other fields such as defence, security, culture, education, sports, tourism and people-to-people exchange. President Phuc thanked Greek leaders and authorised agencies to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, work and study in the country.
Viet Nam and Greece agreed to continue to foster collaboration at international and regional forums, especially in the settlement of non-traditional issues such as pandemics and climate change within the mechanisms of the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting, and ASEAN-EU Cooperation.
President Sakellaropoulou said Greece supports Viet Nam in strengthening its partnership and comprehensive cooperation with the EU and further optimise the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), thus helping to enhance trade ties between Viet Nam and Greece.
President Phuc highly valued Greece’s ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Promotion Agreement (EVIPA), and suggested that Egypt supports and calls for the removal of the EU’s “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood.
The two leaders also discussed a number of international and regional issues of mutual concern, including the maintaining of peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation on the foundation of international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Following the talks, the two Presidents met the press to inform them on the major outcomes of their talks, highlighting that the two sides agreed to coordinate closely to lift bilateral ties to a new height, while deepening cooperation in all fields and promote their supplementary strengths, and foster economic partnership and working together to make positive contributions to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.