President meets Cuban, Egyptian leaders at NAM summit

President Nguyen Minh Triet met leaders of Cuba and Egypt Thursday on the sidelines of the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

President Nguyen Minh Triet at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). (Photo: VNA)

The President was pleased to meet the Cuban president, Raul Castro, once again.

He also highly appreciated Cuba’s government in general and President Raul Castro in particular in role as chairman of NAM and his great contribution to the unity bloc.

President Triet suggested the two countries increase the exchange of visits and contacts between senior leaders, and officials from ministries and socio-political organizations as well as raise economic and trade ties to equal the currently-growing political ties.

The two countries need to continue collaborating and supporting each other in international organizations, multilateral forums, and especially in the fight against those who have exploited democratic and human rights issues to subvert the revolutionary cause in each country.

The meeting between President Triet and the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, concerned future business ties.

President Triet also highly appreciated Egypt’s contribution to the success of the 15th NAM summit.

He believes that Egypt and President Mubarak will boost development and promote coordination with other non-aligned countries.

On this occasion, a Vietnam business forum was also held in Egypt on July 15.

The forum attracted more than 70 Vietnamese companies and over 100 local partners in various sectors, such as finance and banking, oil and gas, energy, transportation and food processing.

At the forum, the two sides highlighted each other’s strong points, as well as the potential of cooperation in many sectors in the near future, President Triet said.

The two countries were especially interested in opening their markets to each other and providing tax incentives.

President Mubarak said Egypt pledged to create advantageous conditions for Vietnamese companies to invest in his country, especially in oil and gas, aquaculture and industrial plant cultivation.

Source VNA - tranlsated by Son Ha

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