Viet Nam, Russia hold political talks

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held a reception in Hanoi yesterday for Russia's First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov during his working visit to Vietnam.

Minh spoke highly of the results of co-operation between the countries, particularly in political diplomacy, economics-trade and defence-security. He expressed desire to maintain the ministries' close political consultation, which he said had contributed significantly to the efficiency of co-operative programmes.

He emphasised that this year was highly significant as the two countries celebrate the 65th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. He suggested relevant ministries co-ordinate closely to prepare for high-level visits and accelerate strategic projects involving trade, oil and gas, and nuclear power.

He mentioned the Ninh Thuan 1 nuclear power plant project in progress and the operation of oil and gas joint ventures in Vietnam and Russia as examples of areas of focus.

Minister Vladimir Titov emphasised that senior Russian leaders continued to attach importance to their country's strategic partnership with Vietnam.

He appreciated the dynamic and efficient growth in bilateral co-operation, saying that his ministry had been tasked with deepening the partnership with Vietnam and to execute signed agreements and major projects.

Earlier, Titov and his Vietnamese counterpart, Ho Xuan Son, chaired the two ministries' annual political consultation. The two sides discussed plans for high-level delegation exchanges as well as measures to implement signed agreements. They also resolved to organise activities to mark the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Views on regional and international issues of mutual concern as well as the changing regional and international context were shared, with both sides committing to further collaboration in the global arena.


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