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Vietnam, Tanzania enter new phase of cooperation

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 16:37 GMT+7

Vietnam’s State President Truong Tan Sang participated in Wednesday’s talks with his Tanzanian counterpart to discuss a new phase of cooperation between the two nations at the Tanzanian presidential palace.

President Sang, the First Lady, and a delegation of high-ranking officials were warmly welcomed at the residence of Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

President Magufuli considered the visit of his Vietnamese counterpart a special occasion as President Sang is the first state leader to be his guest since his appointment in October 2015.

The leaders believed that the visit, lasting from March 9 to 11, is a milestone in the development of Vietnam-Tanzania relations that will open a new phase for comprehensive and effective cooperation.

Vietnam has always wished to enhance cooperation with African nations, especially Tanzania, a country that, in the past, heavily supported the Southeast Asian nation during its fight for independence and unification and, in the present, backs its national development, President Sang asserted.

He also extended his congratulations to the Tanzanian people on their impressive achievements in economic reform and development.

The two presidents agreed to cement the two parties’ political ties by exchanging delegations of all levels and boosting collaboration and mutual support in the United Nations and other international forums.

Vietnam and Tanzania share common goals in regional and international situations as well as the general principle of amicable settlement of disputes and differences to ensure world peace.

From the outset of the meeting, President Sang and President Magufuli concurred that territorial disputes between nations should be solved peacefully and in accordance with international law.

On the same day, the Vietnamese head of state and Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa attended a business forum during which participants discussed measures to improve trade that would be commensurate with the potential of the two nations.

Aside from Tanzania’s cashews and Vietnam’s rice, the two countries agreed on expanding the import and export of other products, including textile, machinery, and framing equipment.

President Sang stated that Vietnam is always willing to be a channel for Tanzanian products to be imported into the ASEAN market and other member states of free trade agreements it is part of, adding that the two parties will strive for US$1 billion worth of bilateral trade turnover by 2020.

PM Majaliwa expressed joy of the initial success of cooperation in telecommunications between Vietnam and Tanzania, which plays a vital part in creating job opportunities and developing the African country’s economy, especially in rural areas.

The two nations considered agriculture and telecommunications to be key fields of cooperation, which will provide the leverage for future collaboration in other industries.

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