|President Vo Van Thuong (R) and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev__Photo: VNA|
A joint press release on the outcomes of the official visit to Vietnam by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev from August 20-22 has been issued.
The visit is being made at the invitation of Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong, during which, President Tokayev met with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong; held talks with President Thuong; met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue; and visited several economic and cultural establishments in Bac Ninh and Hai Duong provinces.
The two sides engaged in in-depth discussions on measures to enhance cooperation in politics, economy-trade, investment, transport and logistics, culture, and tourism as well as various issues of mutual interest on the international and regional agenda.
At their talks, the two Presidents agreed to facilitate the exchange of delegations at all levels through Party, State, Government and parliamentary channels as well as people-to-people exchanges. They vowed to uphold the effectiveness of existing cooperation mechanisms such as the Intergovernmental Commission, political consultations and other mechanisms to enhance mutual understanding and trust, and expand bilateral cooperation in multiple sectors.
In economic and trade ties, the two sides discussed promising cooperation areas such as tourism, information technology, agriculture, transport and logistics. They expressed readiness to take full advantages of the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union to boost two-way trade in the near future.
The leaders welcomed the launching of direct flights between Vietnam and Kazakhstan in October 2022, which has provided opportunities to boost their economic, trade, investment, tourism, and cultural cooperation.
They expressed their interest in stepping up education collaboration in line with the Protocol signed on January 3, 2017 amending certain provisions of the relevant agreement between the two governments inked on September 15, 2009.
High-ranking leaders from both countries emphasized the importance of enhancing cultural exchanges, including the expansion of cooperation and exchanges in such fields as science, sports, and health care to strengthen their people’s bond, strengthen mutual understanding, enrich cultural diversity, and promote the overall relations.
President Vo Van Thuong and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appreciated the close coordination and mutual support within international organizations and multilateral forums, especially the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), to reinforce collaboration among participating countries for peace, development, and prosperity in the region. Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge for Kazakhstan to enhance cooperation with ASEAN and Southeast Asian countries.
Both sides exchanged views on the international and regional situation, including recent developments in the East Sea. They emphasized the importance of maintaining peace, security and stability, as well as resolving disputes through peaceful means based on international law and the United Nations Charter.
During the visit, the two countries signed several cooperation agreements in various fields.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev invited President Vo Van Thuong to visit Kazakhstan at a suitable time, with the latter accepting the invitation with pleasure. The timing of the visit will be arranged through diplomatic channels.-(VNA/VLLF)