HA NOI - Viet Nam will do its utmost to strengthen and develop friendly relations with Belarus, said President Nguyen Minh Triet while meeting Vladimir Andreichenko, chairman of the Belarusian House of Representatives, in Ha Noi yesterday.
Viet Nam and Belarus had great potential for further co-operation, and the two countries should increase meetings between ministry officials and provincial leaders to boost co-operation, Triet said.
The leader said Viet Nam would work to help Belarus expand co-operative ties with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
For his part, Andreichenko spoke highly of Viet Nam's growing role in the region and internationally.
Belarus wished to boost multifaceted co-operation with Viet Nam in all fields, particularly in trade and investment, he said.
Andreichenko applauded Viet Nam's work as the chair of ASEAN, and expressed his belief that the country would successfully organise the 17th ASEAN summit.
Belarus was willing to supply Viet Nam with fertilisers and heavy-duty trucks and tractors, he said, adding that his country would import Vietnamese food and set up farm produce processing zones.
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted a reception for Andreichenko, who is making his first visit to Viet Nam.
Dung said he hoped the visit would help cement the traditional friendship and multifaceted co-operation enjoyed by Belarus and Viet Nam.
Viet Nam highly valued relations with Belarus and hoped co-operation between the two countries would reach a new height, he said.
Dung said Viet Nam and Belarus enjoyed good relations in politics, foreign affairs, culture and education. However, he said there was potential for growth in trade.
The Prime Minister said he welcomed Andreichenko's request for greater co-operation in manufacturing agricultural machines and truck parts.
Andreichenko said Belarus always attached great importance to ties with Viet Nam, adding that traditional relations between the two countries would be a foundation for future co-operation. - VNS