VGP - Czech Prime Minister Andrej
Babis voiced support for stronger cooperation between Viet Nam and the European
Union (EU) during his talks with Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc
in Prague on April 17.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis hold
talks in Prague capital on April 17, 2019. Photo: VGP
Andrej Babis pledged his country will
accelerate the official signing and ratification of the trade and investment
deals between Viet Nam and the EU in the next two moths.
Regarding bilateral ties, Andrej
Babis affirmed the Czech Republic attaches importance the relationship with Viet
Nam and highly valued the country's achievements in socio-economic development
and international integration process.
PM Phuc stressed that the Vietnamese
people always bear in their mind the valuable help and effective cooperation
from the Czech Republic to Viet Nam in their national defense, construction and
The two PMs agreed to strengthen the
exchange of delegations between sectors and localities of the two countries.
They also concurred to closely coordinate their work to organise activities
marking the 70th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.
The two held that the economic
cooperation, trade and investment between the countries are developing in a
dynamic way but have yet to match their potential and expectation. They agreed
to continue to effectively implement the mechanism of the Viet Nam – Czech
inter-governmental committee on economic cooperation and push up cooperation in
the fields of security, national defence, technology, mining, and tourism.
The host expressed his joy and belief
that the early opening of the Ha Noi – Prague direct air route will help further
push up the bilateral relations in trade, investment and tourism, and spoke
highly of the role and contributions by the Vietnamese community to the
socio-economic development of the Czech Republic.
Host and guest also exchanged ideas
on international and regional issues of mutual concern, and pledged to further
bilateral cooperation at international forums and organisations. The Czech
Republic PM affirmed that his country supports Viet Nam’s bid to become a
non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021
The two also stressed the importance
of the maintenance of peace and stability, the promotion of security, navigation
and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, and the settlement of disputes
with peaceful means in line with the international law, especially the UN
Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
PM Phuc invited the Czech PM to visit
Vietnam, and the invitation was accepted.
Following the talks, the two PMs
witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in mining
between authorities of the two sides, and held a joint press conference./.