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HANOI - President Nguyen Minh Triet receives MNE Dr. Zacarias Costa

HA NOI — (16/9/09) President Nguyen Minh Triet said that Viet Nam was ready to co-operate, assist and exchange experiences with Timor-Leste (East Timor) in the fields of economy, culture, education, hunger eradication and poverty reduction.

He made the statement yesterday while receiving East Timor’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zacarias Albano Da Costa, who was paying an official visit to Viet Nam.

Triet affirmed that Viet Nam and East Timor shared similarities, and there were a lot of fields with great potential for co-operation. The two countries needed to put forward events and activities that served as chances for them to introduce their potentials and advantages to each other.

Minister Zacarias Albano Da Costa said that East Timor had always greatly appreciated the friendship and co-operation between East Timor and Viet Nam, and the support that Viet Nam had shown for the country.

He said that his meeting with Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem saw great results, with some agreements reached.

The minister said that East Timor wished to join ASEAN and hoped to get Viet Nam’s support for this endeavour.

Triet said that Viet Nam would support East Timor’s bid to join ASEAN and hoped that the country’s participation would create more favourable conditions to boost co-operative relations between the two countries.

The same day, Khiem held talks with Zacarias Albano da Costa.

Khiem spoke highly of East Timor’s achievements in its recent developments and affirmed Viet Nam’s support of East Timor’s government in stabilising the country and ensuring security for future development.

The East Timor’s minister valued Viet Nam’s renewal process, as well as its foreign policies and its integration in the region and the world, adding that his government considered Viet Nam a model for developing and constructing East Timor.

The two sides expressed their delight at the development of a bilateral economic and trade relationship.

Trade value between the countries had increased 10 times from US$5 million in 2003 to $56 million in 2008. In the first seven months of this year, the figure was $71 million.

The two ministers agreed to soon sign framework agreements on economic, cultural and technical science co-operation, an agreement of investment protection and an agreement on rice trading, and to establish a joint committee in order to boost the two countries’ trade and investment relationship.

Both nations agreed to continue maintaining good ties in regional and international forums including the ASEAN Regional Forum and in the United Nations. — VNS

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