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Prime Minister says his visit a breakthrough

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung has described his official visit to Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland as a step to create a breakthrough in friendly and cooperative ties between Viet Nam and the three countries.

The PM made the remark in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency after he had wrapped up his visit to the eastern European nations from September 9-15.

“The visit brought opportunities for all sides to discuss the strengthening and diversifying of the long-term traditional friendship in the spirit of mutual trust and understanding,” he said.

According to the PM, the visit helps Viet Nam and Russia work out measures to boost traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation in a more practical and efficient manner. Viet Nam also made a breakthrough in its economic relations with the Czech Republic while the bilateral ties with Poland, particularly in shipbuilding, was strengthened.

At talks, meetings with and receptions by leaders of the three countries, the PM and his hosts discussed measures to foster their cooperation, particularly in commerce and investment.

Viet Nam and Russia have signed a supplementary protocol to the inter-governmental agreement on the Vietsovpetro Joint Venture inked in 1991 and an agreement on setting up a joint venture in oil exploration and exploitation in Russia and third countries. The two sides also reached an agreement on cooperation between the two ministries of foreign affairs in the 2007-2008 period.

Viet Nam signed with Poland a credit agreement worth 16.47 million EURO for the shipbuilding industry while reaching an agreement with the Czech Republic on returning of their citizens.

The Czech Electricity Corporation plans to build a 3 billion USD 3,000 MW hydro-power plant in Viet Nam, the Russian Investment and Construction Company will invest 400 million USD in a real estate project and the Russian Commerce and Service Company will build a 150 million USD seafood processing plant in Viet Nam.

On the occasion, Vietnamese businesses signed many contracts worth close to 6 billion USD, including over 2 billion USD worth Russian businesses, 3.5 billion USD with Czech businesses and the remaining with Polish partners.

During the visit, the Vietnamese government delegation also discussed with their counterparts in Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland about issues relating to Vietnamese nationals residing in these countries, and meet with overseas Vietnamese people.

Governments of the three countries affirmed that they will create favourable conditions for Vietnamese nationals in their countries.

PM Nguyen Tan Dzung expressed his belief that the relations between Viet Nam, Russia, the Czech Republic and Poland will record strong development in the near future.-(VNA)

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