Following the welcome ceremony in his
honour in Prague on April 17, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc later the same day
held talks with his host Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
An overview of the talks
At the talks, the two PMs expressed
their joy at the fine development of the relations of traditional friendship and
multifaceted cooperation over the past nearly 70 years since the establishment
of the bilateral diplomatic relations in 1950. The host affirmed importance of
relations with Vietnam and described his guest’s ongoing visit as an important
landmark in the bilateral relations.
A close friend of Vietnam and an
active member of the European Union (EU), the Czech Republic supports the
intensification of the Vietnam-EU relations and will push for the early
completion of EU procedures so that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the
EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement can be signed within one or two
months to come, PM Andrej Babis stressed.
For his part, PM Phuc stressed that
the Vietnamese people always bear in their mind the valuable help and effective
cooperation from the Czech Republic to Vietnam in their national defence,
construction and development.
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 Vietnam – 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 Hanoi – 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 Vietnam’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.
Vietnamese, Czech PMs seek ways to
boost bilateral partnership
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis at
the press conference
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and
his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis have agreed to collaborate to speed up the
launching of a direct air route linking Hanoi and Prague.
Meeting with the media after their
talks in Prague on April 17, the two PMs said that they sought a number of
measures to boost bilateral ties in many areas, especially education-training,
agriculture, science-technology, the environment, and culture-tourism.
PM Babis expressed his delight at
meeting the Vietnamese PM once again after their talks in February 2008.
He stressed that the Czech Republic
and Vietnam have shared a close partnership over nearly seven decades with
regular delegation exchanges. The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic has
also made positive contributions to the socio-economic development in the host
country, he noted.
Vietnam is the third largest partner
of the Czech Republic among ASEAN member countries, he said, adding that the two
sides have seen sound development in collaboration in trade, investment, and
many other areas. The Czech Republic’s exports to Vietnam have grown 30 percent
in recent years, while Czech businesses hope to increase the exporting of goods
to Vietnam, said the PM.
PM Babis revealed that at the talks
the two PMs discussed various promising cooperation areas, such as mining,
tourism, aviation, and culture-education, as well as issues regarding visas.
The Czech Republic supports the EU’s
signing of the free trade agreement with Vietnam (EVFTA) he stated.
For his part, PM Phuc thanked the
Czech PM and people for their warm welcome.
He affirmed that his talks with his
Czech counterpart were productive, during which both sides agreed on a number of
solutions to improve the efficiency of bilateral cooperation in the future.
He clarified that Vietnam highly
values the Czech Republic’s support to the early signing and ratification of the
EVFTA and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). The deals are
of strategic significance for economic-trade cooperation between the EU and
Vietnam, helping businesses from the EU and the Czech Republic access the over
90-million-strong market and creating favourable conditions for collaboration in
services, finance, telecommunications, and public procurement.
The EVFTA will help enhance the
position and role of the EU in Asia, he said, pledging that Vietnam will be a
gateway for Czech enterprises to approach the ASEAN and East Asia markets.
PM Phuc thanked the Government of the
Czech Republic for backing the country’s Vietnamese community to live, study,
and integrate into the local society, expressing his belief that the community
will continue helping to foster friendship and affiliation between the two
Vietnam treasures relations with
Czech Republic: PM
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of
the Czech Republic Radek Vondracek
Vietnam always treasures its
relations with the Czech Republic and appreciates contributions by the country’s
Chamber of Deputies to the development of the bilateral ties, Prime Minister
Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed when meeting Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Radek
Vondracek in Prague on April 17.
Phuc asked the Chamber of Deputies of
the Czech Republic to maintain efforts to help boost the European Union’s
signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the
EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He suggested both sides step up the
exchange of experience in legislative affairs, strengthen cooperation between
the Vietnam-Czech Republic, and Czech Republic-Vietnam Friendship
Parliamentarians’ Groups, and bolster collaboration in education-training,
science-technology, environment, agriculture, labour and between their
The Vietnamese Government leader
requested the lower house to continue creating favourable conditions for the
Vietnamese community in the country.
He also forwarded NA Chairwoman
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s invitation to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 70th
anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020 to Radek Vondracek.
The host spoke highly of PM Phuc’s
visit, saying that it demonstrates an important development step in bilateral
He affirmed the Chamber of Deputies
attaches importance to Czech Republic-Vietnam traditional friendship, and
totally supports the early signing and ratification of the EVFTA and the EVIPA.
He voiced his belief that the early
opening of a direct air route connecting Prague and Hanoi will contribute to
fostering bilateral cooperation in trade, investment and tourism.
He also affirmed to continue
facilitating the lives of over 65,000 Vietnamese people in his country, and said
he will arrange to visit Vietnam at his convenience.