VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that the
Vietnamese Government and people always pay heeds to enhancing friendship
and cooperation with Timor Leste.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Cooperation of Timor Leste Dionisio Babo Soares, Ha Noi, June 10,
The PM made the statement during his reception for
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor Leste Dionisio Babo
Soares in Ha Noi on June 10.
He suggested the two countries increase the exchange
of high-level delegations and set up mechanisms to enhance the efficiency of
bilateral trade and investment ties, which, he said, still remain modest and
have yet to meet potentials of both sides.
In turn, Dionisio Babo Soares said that he is happy
to revisit Viet Nam and the two countries’ ties have been growing, but their
trade value remains modest at over US$2 million, noting measures are being
sought for the issue.
He briefed his host on the outcomes of his talks
with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, stating that his visit
aimed to strengthen Viet Nam-Timor Leste cooperation across various fields,
as well as coordination between the two sides at multilateral forums.
He congratulated Viet Nam on its socio-economic and
diplomatic achievements, especially the country’s freshly-won non-permanent
membership at the United Nations Security Council with a record high number
of positive votes.
PM Phuc spoke highly of the outcomes of the talks
between the Timor Leste minister and Minh, recommending that the two
countries promptly establish and implement bilateral cooperation mechanisms
to facilitate exchanges between their ministries and agencies concerned.
Viet Nam and Timor Leste should consider signing new
agreements or extending bilateral deals to provide a foundation for
cooperation, including a bilateral trade agreement and an investment
protection agreement, the leader said.
He expressed his hopes that Timor Leste would
continue assisting the Vietnamese community and businesses there to
integrate into the local society and further contribute to Timor Leste’s
development as well as relations between the two countries.