Bulgarian PM looks to strengthen economic ties
|Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh meets with Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Tuan|
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev review the guard of honour. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam|
HA NOI — The Bulgarian Prime Minister’s visit to Viet Nam resulted in the development of friendship, and traditional and co-operative relations between the two nations, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said yesterday.
In yesterday’s meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev, Manh stressed that Viet Nam always attached much importance to traditional relations including those with Bulgaria.
He thanked Bulgaria for its support for Viet Nam during the country’s process of protection and building, and for assistance to the Vietnamese people who were living and studying in Bulgaria.
In return, Sergei Stanishev said: “Bulgaria always attached much importance to further developing our traditional relationship with Viet Nam.”
He expressed his wish to promote ties between Viet Nam’s Communist Party (CPV) and Bulgaria’s Socialist Party and between the two countries’ peoples.
“Bulgaria will make strong efforts to strengthen friendship relations and multi-faceted co-operation with Viet Nam,” Stanishev affirmed.
The Bulgarian guest highly appraised Viet Nam’s achievements during its doi moi (renewal) process and increasing position and prestige in the international arena.
He congratulated the success of the CPV’s 10th Congress and Viet Nam’s accession to the World Trade Organisation, along with its successful hosting of the 14th APEC meeting.
Stanishev briefed the general secretary about results of meetings with Vietnamese leaders as well as Bulgaria’s major issues.
On the same day, President Nguyen Minh Triet met with Prime Minister Stanishev.
The Vietnamese President welcomed achievements gained by the Bulgarian State and its people during its reform process and integration into the European Union.
The president hoped that as an EU member, Bulgaria would support Viet Nam in enhancing relations with the EU – Viet Nam’s biggest trade partner — as well as promote relations within the framework of ASEAN-EU co-operation.
Triet also expressed his satisfaction with results of the meeting between the two countries’ prime ministers in which the two sides were unanimous on new measures and directions to further effectively and tangibly develop bilateral ties and become economic partners so as to assist each other in speeding up economic growth.
Stanishev emphasised that Bulgaria and Viet Nam had been confident about further developing bilateral ties.
The two countries shared a similarity in that Viet Nam was a developing factor in Southeast Asia and Bulgaria was a stable factor in Eastern Europe, Stanishev said. This was a premise for promoting the two countries’ relations in the context of great achievements gained in both nations, he added.
Bulgaria would continue to support Viet Nam’s education and training, Stanishev told the president.
The Bulgarian prime minister also conveyed warm regards and an official invitation to Triet, on behalf of the Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, which Triet accepted.
PMs tackle agenda
The Bulgarian prime minister met with his Vietnamese counterpart yesterday to exchange mutual concerns about economic development, education, training and tourism.
After the meeting, the two government leaders inked a Viet Nam-Bulgaria joint statement and witnessed signings of bilateral agreements on economic and tourism co-operation, and co-operation on healthcare between the two countries’ health ministries.
Accompanying the prime minister were Economiy and Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov, Vice Head of PM Cabinet Philip Bokov and Foreign Affairs deputy Minister Feim Chaushev, along with other deputy ministers.
Viet Nam, Bulgaria sign joint statement
HA NOI — A joint statement by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Bulgarian counterpart Sergey Stanishev was signed in Ha Noi yesterday on the occasion of the Bulgarian PM’s official visit to Viet Nam from November 23 to 25. The joint statement said:
“The two PMs acknowledged that this visit to Viet Nam by the Bulgarian Prime Minister would open a new, important stage in the two countries’ relationship, characterised by a time-honoured friendship and mutually-beneficial co-operation in many fields, including political dialogue, economic, scientific and technological co-operation, and cultural and educational exchange. The two sides agreed to co-operate to further enhance bilateral relations towards the establishment of a durable partnership between Viet Nam and Bulgaria in the 21st century, on the basis of mutual understanding, equality, mutual benefits, and respect for national independence and sovereignty. They shared the common view that Bulgaria’s pending membership of the European Union and Viet Nam’s membership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would create new opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
“The two sides realised that there remained untapped potential in their economic ties and agreed that strong economic co-operation played an important role in the bilateral relationship and that the current level was unsatisfactory. The two sides committed themselves to expanding and diversifying economic and trade co-operation, and agreed to co-ordinate to promote bilateral investment in the domain of mutual concern, including the establishment of joint venture companies in both countries. Therefore, both sides underlined the need to encourage their business communities to directly contact and participate in trade exhibitions in each other’s countries.
“Both Viet Nam and Bulgaria acknowledged that the two countries had a large potential for development of bilateral co-operation in science, technology, education and culture. Both sides expressed their determination to continue providing appropriate support to, and enhancing co-operation in, the said fields and to find new fields of co-operation, as well as encouraging the application of the results of joint scientific research to commercial purposes.
“The two sides affirmed their commitment to continue accelerating two-way trade, and to successfully implement the Inter-Governmental Committee’s decisions. Both sides are looking forward to the concrete results of the 21st session of the Viet Nam-Bulgaria Inter-Governmental Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Co-operation, which will take place in Ha Noi in 2007. The two PMs expressed their satisfaction at the outcome of the business forum held in Ha Noi during this visit, which attracted a large number of entrepreneurs.
“The two PMs agreed to tap the possibility of establishing direct contact and co-operation between administrative divisions in Viet Nam and Bulgaria.
“Both sides acknowledged the importance of cultural exchange as a basic condition for enhancing mutual understanding, affirmed their interest in each other’s cultures, including ancient and contemporary culture, and underlined their willingness to further promote exchanges in these fields.
“The two countries’ government leaders expressed their belief that the Agreement on Economic Co-operation and the Agreement on Tourism Co-operation between Viet Nam and Bulgaria, and the Co-operation Plan on Health Care and Medicine between the two countries’ health ministries, which were signed during the visit, would boost their bilateral co-operation for mutual benefits in these areas. The two sides agreed to continue co-operation in developing and completing a legal foundation for their bilateral ties in various fields.
“The two sides discussed regional and international issues of common concern. They acknowledged the high-level co-operation between Viet Nam and Bulgaria in the United Nations and other multilateral forums, especially Bulgaria’s support for Viet Nam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council in the 2008-09 term and the country’s admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Viet Nam has also supported Bulgaria in running for election for the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) in the 2007-09 term and joining the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The two sides pledged to boost co-operation in these areas.
“The Vietnamese and Bulgarian sides realised the importance of solving conflicts and crises through diplomatic channels on the basis of related regulations in the UN Charter and international laws. The two sides stressed the need to increase the power and role of the United Nations, encourage international co-operation in fighting terrorism, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, protecting and promoting human rights and addressing urgent world issues. The two sides reaffirmed their determination to boost positive co-operation in the UN for international peace, development and prosperity in the 21st century. The two sides emphasised the importance of a powerful, democratic, practical and effective UN organisation and the need to continue the comprehensive reform of the UN in line with the document released at the UN Summit 2005.
“Both sides underlined the importance of co-operation in the fight against terrorism; organised international crime; drugs, human and weapons’ trafficking; and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their distribution systems. They agreed that terrorism and organised international crime posed a serious threat to peace and international security, requiring the international community to take concerted and resolute action.
“Bulgaria, having ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, hailed Viet Nam for the country’s approval of the treaty. The two sides emphasised their commitments to fight terrorism in all its forms within the multilateral framework, including the United Nations, in line with the UN-initiated Global Strategy for Fighting Terrorism, counter terrorism conventions of which they are members, and related resolutions of the UN Security Council.
“The two sides stressed the need for harmonious and closer co-ordination of the international community to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to observe requirements set by international settlements towards this goal.
“The two sides expressed their concern about recent developments related to the nuclear issue of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Viet Nam and Bulgaria hailed efforts to resume six-party negotiations and to seek satisfactory solutions to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsular.
“The Vietnamese side spoke highly of the constructive foreign policy of Bulgaria, which is to join the European Union and is integrating more deeply into the regional and international institutions, and which is playing the role of a stable factor in the Southeast European region with efforts to boost multifaceted co-operation in the region.
“The Bulgarian side highly valued Viet Nam’s foreign policy of independence, sovereignty, diversification and multilateralisation, as well as its efforts and contributions to peace, security and stability in the Southeast Asian region and on a broader scale as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
The success of the fifth Asia-Europe Meeting in Ha Noi in October 2004 and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November 2006 is yet further evidence of the positive and constructive role of Viet Nam.” — VNS
Yesterday afternoon, the visiting Bulgarian prime minister was warmly received by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong.
Trong said the two countries’ parliaments should further enhance co-operative relations and exchange experiences as well as promote the two governments’ implementation of bilateral agreements.
Stanishev acknowledged the development in relations and increase of co-operation between the two parliaments.
He believed that the development of the two legislative bodies would be a catalyst for further development of Viet Nam-Bulgaria traditional ties for the sake of both nations and peoples.
He conveyed the invitation of Bulgarian Parliament President Georgi Pirinski to Trong. — VNS