President begins Slovakia visit

President Nguyen Minh Triet, his wife, and entourage began a visit to Slovakia on December 17.

Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic (R) receives Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in Bratislava on December 17

Following a welcome ceremony in Bratislava, Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic and his wife held a private reception for President Triet and his wife.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of several bilateral agreements, including one on investment protection and encouragement and another between Vietnam’s State Audit Office and Slovakia’s Supreme Audit Office.

Also on December 17, President Triet held talks with his counterpart during which the two briefed each other about their respective countries and discussed measures to enhance cooperation.

Vietnam pursues a policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification, multilateralization, and active international integration, Mr. Triet said.

It attaches importance to developing ties with traditional friends like Slovakia on the basis of equality and mutual benefits, he said.

Both sides expressed happiness at the growth of bilateral relations and agreed on measures to further promote cooperation in various fields.

Mr. Gasparovic hailed Vietnam’s political stability, rapid economic growth, and rising international status.

He hoped the two countries would strengthen coordination and mutual support in international forums, including those on human rights.

Both sides played up the 60th anniversary celebrations for the establishment of Vietnam-Slovakia ties planned next year.

Mr. Triet hailed Slovakia’s re-opening of its embassy in Hanoi and informed his host that Vietnam would open an embassy in Bratislava next year.

The Slovakian leader considered it an important landmark that would boost the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides appreciated their expanding economic and trade ties, including the rapid increase in trade, but admitted they failed to match the potentials and requirement.

Slovakia wants to further expand cooperation with Vietnam, especially in energy, science, environment, healthcare, transport, education and training, culture, sports and tourism, President Gasparovic said.

President Triet asked Slovakia to reconsider its stance and support Vietnam against the European Union’s imposition of anti-dumping tariffs on its leather-capped shoes.

Source: VNA

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