Vietnam president holds talks with foreign leaders on UN sidelines

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President Nguyen Minh Triet on Thursday met with counterparts and senior officials from Columbia, Denmark and Cuba on the sidelines of the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

He told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos that Vietnam highly values its relations with Columbia and other Latin American countries. He wanted the two countries to further strengthen their economic and trade ties.

In his meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, President Triet called for further cooperation and encouraged more investment by Danish businesses in Vietnam.

Rasmussen said that relationship between the two countries has entered a matured stage. He believed the number of Danish companies in Vietnam would soon increase from around 100 at present.

Also on Thursday, Triet met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. He said Vietnam was happy to see the economic development taking place in Cuba. He urged the two countries to deepen economic ties and reiterated Vietnam's call for lifting the embargo imposed on Cuba.

Triet also met with representatives of large US companies during his New York visit, and assured them that Vietnam would always take care of the interests of foreign investors.

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