Slovakia Proposes Cooperation

Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic arrived in Ha Noi Monday for his three-day official visit to Viet Nam.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet (R) shakes hands with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic  

During a talk with President Gasparovic, Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet stated that Viet Nam has always attached great importance to the traditionally friendly relationship with Slovakia.

Mr. Gasparovic said this, his first visit to Viet Nam in the capacity of Slovakian president since the 1993 split from Czechoslovakia, is to show Slovakia’s hopes to foster economic and trade cooperation with Viet Nam.

The two sides signed two cooperation pacts; one on bilateral economic cooperation and the other on visa exemption for their respective diplomatic passport holders.

On the same day, Gasparovic met with Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung.

The two parties agreed that the bilateral trade turnover of US$20 million per year, over the past few years, does no justice for either country’s potential.

President Gasparovic expressed Slovakia’s strong desires to cooperate with Viet Nam in trade, investment, culture, education and tourism.

Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung (R) shakes hands with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic

Slovakia is ready to assist Viet Nam in developing its automotive industry, energy production, garment and textile manufacturing, and medical facilities, according to the President.

He also affirmed Slovakia’s support for the Vietnamese living and working in Slovakia and promised to uphold its scholarship program for Vietnamese students who wish to study abroad.

PM Dung said Viet Nam supports Slovakian business expansion into Viet Nam, and proposed the two sides actively implement signed agreements to further promote trade and investment.

In a meeting with the Viet Nam National Assembly’s Chairman, Nguyen Phu Trong, the Slovakian President affirmed that Slovakia would continue to create favorable conditions for the more than 2,000 Vietnamese living and working in Slovakia.

Slovakia also supports Viet Nam joining the World Trade Organization and its bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2008-2009 term.

Source: SGGP – Translated by Thuy Hang

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