Vietnam to facilitate closer ties with Argentina, Norway
VNA 29/09/2009 - Vietnam will do its utmost to create closer friendship and cooperation with Argentina and Norway in all areas, especially in economy, trade, investment, training and education, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The PM made the remarks while receiving newly-appointed ambassadors Albrerto Jaime Kaminker of Argentina and Stale Torstein Risa of Norway , on September 29.
Speaking at the meetings, PM Dung expressed pleasure at ever-increasing relations with the two countries, which, he said, bring benefits to all sides.
He welcomed the upcoming visit to Vietnam by the President of Argentina and its Foreign Minister to further boost bilateral trade which reached close to 400 million USD in the first 7 months of 2009.
Ambassador Kaminker said Argentina is working with concerned agencies in Vietnam to prepare for the visit and the implementation of several bilateral cooperation projects, including a 130-million-USD wind-power plant which is part of a large-scale project at an estimated cost of 1.7 billion USD.
Argentinean agencies will also join in cultural activities to celebrate major festivals of the two countries in 2010, especially the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi City , he added.
PM Dung emphasised that the opening of Vietnam ’s embassy in Norway concretely demonstrates his country’s wish to accelerate its cooperation with Norway . The PM also extended an invitation to Norway ’s Prime Minister to visit Vietnam .
Ambassador Risa said Norway is willing to assist Vietnam in job training and technology transfer in the ship-building industry.
In wrapping up the meeting, PM Dung thanked the people and governments of Argentina and Norway for their support to Vietnam during its war for independence and in its current efforts for reconstruction and, in particular, for Norway ’s development aid for the country./.