Fostering comprehensive Vietnam-Hungary relations

Wednesday, 2018-09-12 12:01:11
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Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meet the media following their talks in Budapest on September 10. (Photo: NDO/Bac Van)
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NDO - The official visit to Hungary by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong at the invitation of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was a success. The joint statement on the establishment of the Vietnam – Hungary comprehensive partnership affirmed the significance of the Party chief's visit to both countries, helping to creative a new motive for bilateral relations in all aspects.

This is the first official visit by the Party General Secretary of Vietnam to one of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe since the regime transition in these nations. The visit also affirms Vietnam's policy of considering Hungary as a key traditional partner in Central and Eastern Europe.

Over the past 70 years, the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary have seen strong growth, particularly in more recent years. In order to lift the bilateral relations to a new level, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban agreed to enhance bilateral ties to the level of comprehensive partnership. The heightening of bilateral relations expresses a deep strategic vision and meets the interests and aspirations of the two peoples for the new era.

The leaders and people of Hungary gave General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation a warm and sincere welcome. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong had a diverse and effective working agenda in Hungary, including talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, meetings with President Janos Ader and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Hende Csaba, participation in the conference of rectors of Vietnam and Hungary’s universities, and a visit to Szentendre city, among others.

The talks and meetings took place in a friendly and sincere atmosphere, discussing rich content on bilateral cooperation, and regional and international issues of mutual concern. The Hungarian leaders congratulated Vietnamese achievements, particularly in socio-economic development under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam while evaluating the role and position of Vietnam in the region and the world. They affirmed that Hungary always supports Vietnam and considers Vietnam to be its leading partner in Southeast Asia.

The General Secretary and Hungarian leaders agreed to regularly maintain meetings and exchanges between the two countries' leaders and strengthen political consultations and strategic dialogues between all bodies of the Party, the Government, the National Assembly, ministries, sectors and localities.

The two sides are determined to work together to promote effective cooperation in various fields, particularly economics, trade, investment, defence, education - training, science - technology, environment, health, culture, sports, and tourism in addition to sharing experiences in preserving and promoting cultural identity and national tradition in the national development process.

The General Secretary and Hungarian leaders said that economic, trade and investment cooperation has always played a very important role in the overall relations of the two countries. They are determined to further boost the development of bilateral trade and investment in order to match the strong political and cultural relationship and the potentials of the two countries.

The two sides agreed to step up the operations of the Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary, promote measures to support the business community of the two countries, and facilitate the import and export of goods while expanding cooperation in the areas of health, water management, information technology, pharmaceuticals, food safety, environmental protection, and renewable energy.

The General Secretary affirmed that Vietnam supports and stands ready to act as a bridge for Hungary to expand economic cooperation with ASEAN countries. Meanwhile, the Hungarian PM pledged to support and promote the comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and the European Union and hasten the early signing, ratification and full implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the EU, contributing to enhancing the linkages between the EU market, including Hungary with Vietnamese and ASEAN markets.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong appreciated Hungary for considering Vietnam as a priority partner in its development assistance policy and suggested that the two sides work closely to carry out projects aligned with Hungary’s capacity and the demands of Vietnam.

The Hungarian PM highly valued the position and contributions of the Vietnamese community in Hungary and affirmed that the Government of Hungary will continue to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to stabilise their lives, integrate well in the host country and promote their role as a bridge for the growing relations between the two countries.

The important results achieved during the official visit to Hungary by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will be a solid basis to consolidate and deepen the comprehensive partnership between the two countries. At the same time, the visit affirmed the determination of the two sides to further promote the bilateral relationship in all fields in accordance with the potential and aspirations of the two peoples for the benefits of the two nations and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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