Vietnam, Norway pledge to foster ties

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Vietnam, Norway pledge to foster ties

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (R) greets his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg in Hanoi Friday

Leaders of Vietnam and Norway on Friday vowed to work together for wrapping up negotiations on the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union this year.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung and visiting Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg, in a joint statement after their meeting in Hanoi, said the free trade deal would facilitate the expansion of bilateral trade and investment in the future.
Vietnam and the EU, which currently is its second biggest trade partner, began the FTA negotiations in June 2012.
In their meeting, the two leaders agreed to encourage and support businesses in the two countries to explore collaboration opportunities.
They also agreed to improve the efficiency of existing political dialogue mechanisms and enhance security-defence affiliation, thus tapping full potential of cooperation.
They pledged to foster connectivity among universities and research centers and increase cultural, sport and tourism exchanges for deeper mutual understanding and closer people-to-people contacts.
They also shared concern about recent complicated developments in the East Sea, highlighting the need to settle all disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, the UN Charter and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
They stressed the significance of speeding up the building of a binding Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC), taking it as an effective tool to ensure peace, stability as well as security, safety and freedom of trade, maritime and aviation in the East Sea.
PM Solberg, who arrived in Hanoi late Thursday, will wrap up her visit today.

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