Vietnam, Belarus agree to strengthen ties

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Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (L) shakes hands with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Nov. 26. Photo credit: VNA

Vietnamese and Belarusian leaders have agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in all areas, especially trade and investment, in the coming time, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Wednesday arrived in Belarus after ending his visit to Russia.
During his talk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, the two leaders agreed to continue increasing high-level visits and contacts, and step up relations via various channels including parliament, government, social organization and people-to-people exchange.
As a member of the Eurasian Customs Union, Belarus will work to accelerate the negotiations for the early signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Union, President Lukashenko said.
Belarus will facilitate the entry of Vietnamese goods into its market, especially agricultural products, seafood, woodwork, garments and coffee, he added.
The two leaders agreed to create conditions for both countries’ businesses to seek investment opportunities in various areas including information and telecommunications.
Trong and Lukashenko spoke highly of the effective defense cooperation between the two countries over the past time. Belarus pledged to continue provide training for Vietnamese military officers and expand training programs in Vietnam.
The two leaders agreed to step up collaboration in education-training, culture, sports and tourism, and terrorism and trans-national crime combat, as well as to continue expanding relations in labor and vocational training.
They were pleased at the close cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement as well as at international forums and organizations.
Regarding the East Sea issue, the two leaders voiced their concern over recent complicated developments in the sea, hoping that concerned parties will solve their disputes by peaceful means in respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) while striving for the early conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), in order to ensure peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the waters.

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