Bulgarian Vice President Visits Viet Nam to Boost Ties

Bulgaria attaches importance to developing friendly and multifaceted cooperative relations with Viet Nam, Bulgarian Vice President Angel Marin said in Ha Noi yesterday.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh (R) talks with Bulgarian Vice President Angel Marin.

Talking with Party Secretary-General Nong Duc Manh, Mr. Marin affirmed that Viet Nam is a major partner of Bulgaria. Both men agreed that the two countries should coordinate closely at multilateral forums within the ASEAN-EU and ASEM cooperation frameworks.

Mr. Manh told his guest that Viet Nam is determined to strengthen its ties with Bulgaria in the interest of the two countries’ people and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

In addition to fine-tuning their political ties, the two countries should boost their trade with each other, which is modest at present, Mr. Manh added.

On the same day, Vice President Marin and his entourage were received by Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet, who also expressed a desire to improve cooperation with Bulgaria.

Through Bulgaria, he said, Viet Nam can enhance its economic ties with the European Union, and in return, Viet Nam is willing to be a bridge between Bulgaria and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Mr. Marin expressed his determination to support Viet Nam’s candidacy for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.

Earlier that morning, the Bulgarian Vice President had met his Vietnamese counterpart Truong My Hoa and attended a Viet Nam-Bulgaria business forum.

Mr. Marin said Viet Nam can boost its exports to Bulgaria of key products like coal, seafood, coffee, pepper, textile, garment and footwear while Bulgaria can export to Viet Nam its chemicals, medicines, wine, ship building machinery and technical equipment.

The visitor added that many Bulgarian enterprises intend to invest in Viet Nam in such areas as elevator assembly, tourism, supermarkets, construction, and maintenance of small power plants.

By B.H – Translated by Trong Khuong

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