​Vietnam, Hungary elevate ties to comprehensive partnership

The official visit of Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong creates a milestone in the Vietnam-Hungary relationship

Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) shakes hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on September 10, 2018. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban have discussed measures to tighten their two countries’ ties and agreed to lift the relationship to a comprehensive partnership.

General Secretary Trong joined talks with PM Orban in Budapest on Monday, within the framework of his official visit to Hungary from September 8 to 11, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

During their conversation, Trong considered Hungary a leading partner of Vietnam and one of the leading economies in the European Union with political stability and social unity. 

Vietnam is also one of Hungary’s most important partners in Southeast Asia, Orban replied, affirming that the visit will create a new milestone and driving force for the bilateral traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation. 

The two leaders agreed to elevate the two nations’ ties to a comprehensive partnership, opening up more opportunities for cooperation and development.

Both sides agreed to maintain regular visits and exchanges between high-ranking leaders, strengthen political consultations and strategic dialogues via all channels.

They expressed their determination to foster collaboration in economy, trade, investment, national and defense, education and training, science and technology, the environment, and healthcare.

The leaders also pledged to strengthen consultation on regional and global issues and effective cooperation at multilateral organizations and forums.

Vietnam supports Hungary in extending coordination with ASEAN member states and is willing to serve as a bridge for the country to boost economic ties with the bloc, Trong said.

He suggested that both nations work closely together in fields that suit Hungary’s capacity and meet Vietnam’s demand. 

The Vietnamese official also thanked the Hungarian government for awarding 200 scholarships to Vietnamese students each year. 

Both sides promised to expand ties across culture, sports, and tourism in order to raise mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, while preparing for the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020.

Following the talks, the two leaders held a press conference, issued a joint statement on the establishment of the Vietnam-Hungary comprehensive partnership, and witnessed the signing of several important cooperation documents.

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