Belarusian President Aleksandr Grigorievich Lukashenko and his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang held talks at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Wednesday, part of his state visit to Vietnam to strengthen cooperation between the two nations.
President Lukashenko considered Vietnam a good friend and strategic partner and one of the top priorities in his country’s effort to cooperate with the Southeast Asian region.
The two presidents expressed their appreciation of significant development in the two countries’ multifaceted cooperation and pledged to further boost their ties and traditional friendship, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They also agreed to continue the exchange of all-level visits to enhance the political trust and cooperation between the two countries’ legislative bodies.
Apart from fostering ties in economics, trade and investment, the countries will also look to establish collaboration at international forums to ensure the interests, peace, stability and prosperity of both parties.
The two heads of state promised to increase the efficiency of their Inter-governmental Committee, support imports and exports, trade and investment as well as expand industrial and agricultural cooperation.
Reiterating the significance of the free trade agreement signed between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union in May, the presidents promised the effective implementation of the pact by properly promoting it to businesses of the two countries.
Vietnam and Belarus’s cooperation in science-technology, defense, education, labor, health care, culture, sports and tourism will also be strengthened.
Belarus supports Vietnam’s stance on the settlement of territorial disputes, including the East Vietnam Sea issue, with peaceful measures in accordance with international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea, heading toward the establishment of the Code of Conduct for the maritime area, President Lukashenko asserted.
The Belarusian and Vietnamese presidents signed a joint statement on the development of comprehensive relations between the two nations following the talks, and attended a ceremony to sign multiple documents, including cooperation programs in economics, science, education, and culture for 2016-18.
President Sang also accepted the invitation to visit Belarus by President Lukashenko.
President Lukashenko (R) and President Sang are seen at the ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on December 9, 2015. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The two presidents are seen toasting after the signing ceremony of major documents. Photo: Tuoi Tre