Strengthening Ties Between Vietnam And Ukraine

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych affirmed they would develop bilateral ties of comprehensive cooperation and partnership between the two countries.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (L) and Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet sign bilateral agreements.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is paying an official visit to Vietnam from March 25-27 at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

President Triet welcomed his counterpart Yanukovych and affirmed that the visit is an important landmark in the friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries.

He asserted that while it is pursuing a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification, as well as multilateral international relations and integration into the region and the world, Vietnam always attaches great importance to its ties with traditional friends, including Ukraine.

President Yanukovych said Ukraine has always considered Vietnam a close friend. He praised Vietnam’s achievements during its renewal process, notably raising its position and prestige in the international arena, and congratulated the country on the success of the 11th National Party Congress.

During the talk, the two presidents briefed each other on the political and socio-economic situation and foreign policies of each side and discussed issues of mutual concern.

They agreed to develop bilateral ties of cooperation and a comprehensive partnership and to devise an overall plan to develop ties in all fields to fully utilize the strengths of each side.

They also agreed to complete the legal framework for bilateral cooperation and create policies to increase bilateral trade turnover, which only reached US$256 million in 2010 as well as the feasibility of a free trade agreement between the two countries.

Both leaders agreed to focus cooperation on sectors and industries, such as energy, manufacturing, hydroelectric power plant equipment, shipbuilding, agriculture, and aviation.

They also agreed to organise a cultural day in both countries in 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

President Triet praised Ukraine for opening the direct air route between Kiev and Ho Chi Minh City. He urged Ukraine to continue creating the best conditions for the Overseas Vietnamese community there to work and study.

President Yanukovych said that his country always offers favourable conditions for Vietnamese people there on par with the fine relations between the two countries and peoples.

In the spirit of mutual understanding and trust, the two sides expressed their delight with their close coordination and support at international forums, especially the United Nations.

Vietnam acknowledged the Ukraine’s proposal for Ukraine to be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in 2016-2017 term while Ukraine recorded Vietnam’s proposal of support of its seat on the UNSC in the 2020-2021 term.

President Yanukovych expressed his desire for Vietnam to be a bridge for his country to strengthen ties with ASEAN and Southeast Asian countries. He also invited Mr Triet to visit Ukraine.

After the talk, the two presidents signed a joint declaration on building cooperative relations and a comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Ukraine, thus laying a historic milestone in the friendship and cooperative ties between the two countries.

They witnessed the signing ceremony for cooperation documents between the two Governments in diplomacy, agriculture, banking, investment, culture, and standards for measurement and quality.

President Yanukovych and his entourage laid wreath at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs and President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in Hanoi.

President Triet will hold a banquet honouring President Yanukovych and his entourage in the evening of the same day.

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Ukrainian embassy in Hanoi held a Vietnam-Ukraine Trade and Investment Forum in Hanoi on March 26 under framework of the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s visit to Vietnam.

President Nguyen Minh Triet and his counterpart attended the forum along with representatives of nearly 200 businesses from the two countries.

At the forum, Mr Triet emphasized that Vietnam and Ukraine have a long traditional relationship. Ukrainian people supported Vietnam during its past struggle for independence and the current national construction and development.

He called on businesses from both countries to foster cooperation in economics, trade, and investment as well as other fields in line with the strengths of the two countries.

President Yanukovych said Vietnam is Ukraine’s the most important partner in Southeast Asia. Ukraine is now improving its investment environment, simplifying procedures for granting licenses and strengthening dialogue between the Government and businesses to attract more foreign investors, including those from Vietnam.

He said he hopes that many cooperative agreements will be signed through the forum, thereby enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

Vietnam currently has four projects in Ukraine with a total investment capital of US$27million, primarily in food processing, packaging and restaurants.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung also met with President Yanukovych in Hanoi on march 26. He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government will work with the Ukrainian Government to build a comprehensive cooperative programme to deeply, practically and effectively develop the bilateral relations between the two countries.

PM Dung expressed his delight at Presidents Triet and Yanukovych signing the joint declaration on cooperation development and comprehensive partnership as it will provide a legal framework to negotiate a comprehensive cooperative programme.

President Yanukovych said that the two countries have great potential for cooperation and Ukraine is willing to cooperate in all fields.

PM Dung and President Yanukovych agreed that the two governments will organise the second session of Inter-Governmental Committee and business forums soon, create favourable conditions for businesses in both countries, devise a plan to increase two-way trade and negotiate a free trade agreement.

Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in manufacturing energy equipment, automobile assembly, education and training, scientific technology, agriculture, shipbuilding, and culture.

Source: Voice of Vietnam