Vietnam, Czech Republic seek to boost economic ties

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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President Truong Tan Sang (R) and President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman (L) during the welcome ceremony in Prague on May 11, 2015. Photo: Truong Son

President Truong Tan Sang and President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman agreed to boost economic ties during their talks in Prague on Monday.
Sang, who is on a visit to the Czech Republic, confirmed that Vietnam always values its partnership with traditional friends, of which the Czech Republic is a priority.
The two presidents agreed that the two countries will implement the mechanisms of the Inter-Governmental Committee on Vietnam-Czech Republic Economic Cooperation, continue bilateral trade exchanges and create favorable conditions for the two countries’ companies to partner and seek business opportunities.
They agreed to continue to boost cooperation in education and training, national defense and security, science and technology, culture, sports and tourism, and transport.
Sang asked the Czech Republic to continue its supply of official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam for the projects in the areas of environment, forest plantation, waste treatment, community healthcare, insurance reform and hospital construction.
President Zeman confirmed that the Czech Republic, as an active member of the European Union (EU), supports the strengthening of cooperation between Vietnam and the EU.
He said the Czech Republic has ratified the EU-Vietnam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and pledged to push the EU to soon approve the agreement.
He also pledged to push for the signing of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement at the soonest.
The two presidents discussed international and regional issues, including the South China Sea/East Sea developments, and agreed that disputes should be settled by peaceful methods in line with international law, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) in order to ensure peace, stability, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the region.

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