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Sweden agrees to heighten relations

Stockholm (VNA) – Vietnam and Sweden have agreed to preserve and push bilateral relations to a new level, building on close to 40 years of traditional friendship.

At talks between Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Sinh Hung and his Swedish counterpart, Maud Olofsson, in Stockholm on June 16, both sides agreed the long-term bilateral relations were a valuable treasure of the two countries.

They agreed to further cooperate in scientific-technological, education and training fields, and give favourable conditions for entrepreneurs to develop economic and trade ties, especially Swedish businesses to invest in Vietnam .

The two Deputy PMs also agreed to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties in 2009.

They witnessed the signing of agreements on scientific-technological cooperation from 2008-2011 and on returning citizens.

Beginning his visit to Sweden on June 15, Deputy PM Hung had a working session with Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson, and visited big economic groups like Ikea, Comvik and Erricsson, which have large investment projects and wish to expand their operation, in Vietnam .

On June 17, Deputy PM Hung had a meeting with leading Swedish economic groups at the Stockholm World Trade Centre and then attended a business forum with hundreds businesses from Sweden and Vietnam.

The same day, he met with the First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and some MPs.

Also on June 17, Deputy PM Hung attended a performance by Vietnamese artists within the “Vietnamese Day in North Europe” programme at the Rikskonserter Theatre in Stockholm .

The Vietnamese Deputy PM and his entourage will leave Stockholm on June 18, concluding their trip of three European countries of Denmark , Finland and Sweden beginning on June 9.

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