Prague (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen
Xuan Phuc met Chairman of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM)
Vojtech Filip in Prague on April 17 as part of his visit to the Czech Republic.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) shakes hands with Chairman of the
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Vojtech Filip in Prague on April 17.
The PM said that despite geographical distance, the people of Vietnam and the
Czech Republic have given each other warm support. Vietnamese people remember
how the Czech friends helped during the country’s struggle for independence and
national construction, he stated.
Expressing his delight at growing
ties between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the KSCM, the Vietnamese leader
thanked the KSCM and Filip for the party’s support to Vietnam. As Deputy Speaker
of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic’s Parliament, Filip has worked
to enhance cooperation between the two parliaments, he noted.
For his part, the KSCM leader
expressed pleasure at the sound partnership between the two countries, stating
that he believes signed deals between the two countries will be realised soon.
He pledged to closely supervise the implementation of agreements reached during
talks between PM Phuc and his Czech counterpart, while continuing to foster the
partnership between the two parliaments.
Revealing that he plans to visit
Vietnam, he said he hopes to fly on a new direct flight between the two
countries by then.
PM Phuc lauded the Czech Republic’s
recognition of the Vietnamese Czech community in the country as an ethnic
Holding that economic, trade and
investment collaboration is key, the PM said that the EU-Vietnam free trade
agreement (EVFTA) is of significance to both the EU and Vietnam, helping
businesses from the EU and the Czech Republic access the Vietnamese market.
He proposed that Filip help speed up
the signing of the EVFTA and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He said a Hanoi-Prague direct air route will be launched soon and Filip will be
one of the first passengers.
On the occasion, Filip presented PM
Phuc with a book entitled “Hoa cuc xanh” (Green Daisy) by Karel Capek, which has
been translated into Vietnamese.
The same day, PM Phuc met with
leaders of Austrian company VAMED Engineering, during which the Prime Minister
welcomed VAMED to expand its investment in Vietnam and asked the firm to
continue implementing health technology projects in the country.
Before concluding his visit to the
Czech Republic, the PM visited the Sapa trade centre – a trading hub of the
Vietnamese community about 15km from central Prague.
PM Phuc and his entourage left Prague
for Vietnam in late April 17, ending his official visit to the Czech Republic