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PM hopes for closer ties with Argentina

VNA - The Vietnamese Government and its people hope to further strengthen their cooperation with Argentina, particularly in trade matters, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in Hanoi on Feb. 26.

He was speaking whilst receiving Tomas Ferrari, Argentina’s outgoing ambassador to Vietnam, who visited the PM to bid farewell as he ends his term of office in the country.

The PM congratulated the ambassador upon being granted the Friendship Medal of the State of Vietnam, which was presented at a formal ceremony earlier that day, and praised his contributions to the development of the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries during his nine years in Vietnam.

Dung expressed his happiness at the positive progress of bilateral ties, as evidenced by the rapid increase in two-way trade over the recent past.

However, he said, economic and trade ties are not commensurate with the potential possessed by the two countries. He proposed that the Vietnam-Argentina Intergovernmental Committee meet in the near future to discuss measures to boost cooperation, intensify exchanges, as well as Argentina’s provision of official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam.

The PM said he hoped that the outgoing ambassador would continue to contribute to developing the Vietnam-Argentina cooperation, whatever the position he may hold in the future.

Tomas Ferrari expressed the honour he felt at being awarded the Friendship Medal and said that he was grateful to the Vietnamese Government and people for helping him to successfully complete his work.

He announced that the Argentinean President, who is scheduled to visit Vietnam, hopes to receive PM Nguyen Tan Dung on an official visit to Argentina sometime soon.

The ambassador promised that he would spare no effort to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries, no matter what position he may hold in the future./.

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