Vietnam, Timor Leste Prime Ministers pledge to enhance ties

WVR/VNA - On September 5, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Timor Leste counterpart Xanana Gusmao agreed to increase the exchange of delegations to promote the traditional friendship and connectivity between the two countries.
Vietnam, Timor Leste Prime Ministers pledge to enhance ties
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao at their meeting on September 5, 2023. (Photo: WVR/Anh Son)

During the meeting, held on the occasion of the the two Prime Ministers' attendance in the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related summits in Jakarta, Indonesia, Prime Minister Chinh congratulated Gusmao on his election as Prime Minister of Timor Leste for the 2023-2028 tenure, and expressed his confidence that under the leadership of Gusmao, Timor Leste will continue to reap great achievements in construction and development, gradually asserting its role and position in the region and the world.

He welcomed Timor Leste's participation in the 43rd ASEAN Summit and reaffirmed that Vietnam and other member countries of the bloc will actively support the country in the process of becoming an official member of ASEAN.

The two leaders emphasised the need to effectively implement the signed agreements, and soon complete the negotiations to sign the bilateral Investment Protection Agreement and ratify the trade agreement between the two countries.

They also underlined the importance of boosting cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, tourism, culture, education and people-to-people exchange, while studying new areas of cooperation that suit development needs of Timor Leste and the potential and strengths of Vietnam such as agro-forestry and fisheries, digital transformation and green transition.

Prime Minister Chinh asked Timor Leste to support and create favourable conditions for Vietnamese companies to participate in and implement investment projects, and promptly resolve pending legal issues to encourage foreign investment in its territory.

Sharing Timor Leste's concern over the threat of food shortages due to the impact of declining global rice exports and climate change, he affirmed that Vietnam is ready to support and strengthen rice trade with Timor Leste, urging the two countries to begin negotiations towards the signing of a rice trade agreement between the two governments to create a long-term legal framework for bilateral cooperation.

For his part, Prime Minister Gusmao affirmed that Timor Leste always attaches importance to promoting relations with Vietnam. He agreed with Prime Minister Chinh's proposals which aimed at promoting cooperation, especially in the fields of telecommunications, trade- investment and the rice sector.

Highlighting the important contributions of Telemor, a subsidiary of the Vietnamese group Viettel, to the development of Timor Leste's telecom industry, he pledged to resolve difficulties for foreign investors, including Viettel.

The two Prime Ministers affirmed that they will continue to support each other and coordinate effectively in regional and international multilateral forums

Prime Minister Chinh invited his Timor Leste counterpart to visit Vietnam and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)