Vietnam to boost cooperation with Portugal
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu also met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Portugal.|
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu was speaking at a meeting with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Portugal Francisco André during his recent working visit to Portugal.
He recalled recent high-level visits by Vietnamese leaders to Portugal, which have marked important milestones in the relations between the two countries. He suggested that the two sides continue to further expand the existing relations in the fields of politics, economy - trade, culture – education, tourism and sport.
Hieu also requested that Portugal promote economic and trade relations between Vietnam and Portugal as well as the European Union (EU) by taking advantage of opportunities from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and consider ratifying the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He highly appreciated Portugal’s active role in solving international problems, and proposed that the EU state support Vietnam’s candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2023-2025.
During the July 1-2 visit, Hieu, who is also chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, also met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Portugal.