​Vietnam focuses on enhancing ties with Hungary: state president

The two nations established diplomatic ties 67 years ago

Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang (R) shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hanoi on September 25, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Tightening the relationship with Hungary is a priority in Vietnam’s foreign policies, Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang has said.

President Quang welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hanoi on Monday evening, within the framework of the latter’s official visit to Vietnam from September 24 to 26.

During their conversation, the Vietnamese head of state highlighted that Vietnam’s foreign policies focus on cementing its relationship with tradition friends, including Hungary.

The two nations established diplomatic ties 67 years ago, on February 3, 1950, he said.

Quang extended his gratitude toward Hungary for its support for Vietnam’s previous efforts to liberate and reunite the nation and its national development process at the present time.

Replying to his host, PM Orban asserted that Vietnam is one of Hungary’s prioritized partners in the region, hopping for further cooperation between the two nations in various fields.

Hungary backs Vietnam in enhancing ties with the European Union, including the early signing and ratification of the European Union – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, the Hungarian head of government continued.

Regarding the situation in the East Vietnam Sea, both leaders agreed that all disputes should be solved using peaceful measures in accordance with international law.

During his trip, PM Orban also visited his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and Hungary topped US$145 million in the first six months of 2017, a 60 percent year-on-year rise.

As of 2016, Hungary had 15 FDI projects in Vietnam with a total capital of $50.66 million, ranking 55th among the 105 nations and territories having direct investment in the Southeast Asian country. 

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