Vietnam, Qatar hold great cooperation potential

Wednesday, 2021-09-15 21:53:24
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Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu and Secretary-General of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Hassen Al-Hammadi hold online talks on September 15. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu and Secretary-General of Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmad Hassen Al-Hammadi shared their view that the two countries have great potential for cooperation, during their online talks on September 15.

Hieu noted with pleasure the active development of cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Qatar over the past time, especially in politics and economy.

The two sides have exchanged all-level delegations, while actively supporting each other at multilateral forums, the official further explained.

Despite difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, their two-way trade still expanded from US$313 million in 2019 to US$550 million last year, he added.

Ahmad Hassen Al-Hammadi, for his part, lauded achievements Vietnam has recorded in politics, foreign affairs and socio-economic development, and emphasised that Qatar always attaches importance to boosting multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam.

The two sides compared notes on measures to consolidate and enhance the bilateral cooperation in the time ahead, with attention to be paid to online exchanges between leaders of ministries and agencies.

They will continue their close coordination at international forums and organisations, and maintain existing cooperation mechanisms regularly and effectively.

Both stressed the significance of coordination in organising online trade and investment promotion activities, and speeding up negotiations and signing of cooperation agreements to complete the legal framework for bilateral collaboration.

The two sides also agreed to cooperate in the pandemic fight. Vietnam called on Qatar to help the country with access to COVID-19 vaccine sources and other medical supplies.

The officials also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern.