Greek President backs all-round cooperation with Vietnam

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has affirmed his support for enhancing all-round cooperation with Vietnam during his reception for visiting Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on July 2.

Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

He said with its geographical location and development achievements, Vietnam has played an increasingly important role in the region and the world at large.

For his part, Minh expressed his wish for further friendship between the two countries by increasing high-ranking delegation exchanges and high-level meetings, as well as expanding cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, culture, and tourism.

On this occasion, the official conveyed President Tran Dai Quang’s invitation to President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to pay an official visit to Vietnam. The Greek President accepted the invitation with pleasure.

During his visit, Deputy PM and FM Minh met with Greek Deputy PM and Minister of Economy and Development Giannis Dragasakis.

They suggested stepping up collaborative efforts in such areas as maritime transportation and logistics, shipbuilding, seaport exploitation, tourism, and agricultural product processing.

Giannis Dragasakis said that as a gateway to Europe, Greece wants to strengthen collaboration with Vietnam, and backs the early signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement.

While in Greece, Minh held talks with Greek FM Nikos Kotzias, during which they noted with pleasure the fruitful bilateral friendship and cooperation across several fields over the past 40 years since the two countries set up diplomatic ties.

Following the talks, the officials reached a bilateral agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passport holders.

On July 1, Deputy PM and FM Minh had a meeting with the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Greece.