Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his United Kingdom (UK) counterpart David Cameron on July 29 focused their talks on a range of measures to improve cooperative ties in various fields.
During Cameron’s official two-day visit to Vietnam that ended on July 30, the two leaders spoke highly of their strengthened relations in politics and diplomacy, trade and investment, development cooperation, and education and training.
They agreed to facilitate the exchange of visits at all levels and implement existing dialogue mechanisms in the fields of politics, national defense and security, economics and trade.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives his United Kingdom counterpart David Cameron in Hanoi __Photo: Duc Tam/VNA
Sharing the view that economic cooperation is a key pillar of the bilateral strategic partnership, both sides pledged support for their business communities to explore each other’s markets and form links, especially in infrastructure, finance and banking, insurance, oil and gas, and green growth via direct investment, joint venture and public-private partnership.
The UK backed Vietnam’s efforts to reinforce comprehensive ties with the European Union (EU) and the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the EU, Cameron said, adding that the deal would open up new trade and investment opportunities for businesses from both nations.
The two Prime Ministers concurred to reinforce cooperation in preventing organized and transnational crime and terrorism, realizing a Memorandum of Understanding on defense cooperation, while considering agreements on personnel training, the defense industry and peacekeeping.
Following their talks, a joint statement was issued and several cooperation agreements on aviation, finance, and oil and gas were signed.-