|At the 9th session of political consultations in Hanoi. Source: baoquocte.vn
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu and Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Aly Kamel Aly on September 9 co-chaired the ninth political consultation between the two ministries, VNA reported.
They expressed their delight at the progress in the two countries’ cooperation. They also agreed on measures to strengthen collaboration between the two ministries as well as Vietnam-Egypt cooperative relations in politics – diplomacy, economy – trade – investment, culture, sports, tourism, and education – training.
At the event, the officials also discussed regional and international issues of common concern.
The same day, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son hosted a reception for the Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, during which he said Vietnam attaches importance to the bilateral traditional friendship and wishes to enhance multifaceted cooperative ties.
Applauding bilateral relations, especially in politics and diplomacy, trade, and education, Son asked the two sides to keep coordinating with each other to bring cooperation on par with its huge potential by increasing mutual visits and meetings between their Parties, States, localities, and enterprises.
He suggested the two sides step up trade and investment ties to soon reach the target of USD 1 billion in bilateral trade each year, along with connections in tourism, culture, and education – training.
|Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Egyptian Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Aly Kamel Aly at the meeting in Hanoi on September 9. Photo: baoquocte.vn
The minister said he hoped the two foreign ministries will work to effectively bring into play the mechanism of the Inter-Governmental Committee, and organise practical activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Egypt diplomatic relations in 2023 (September 1, 1963 – 2023).
For his part, the Egyptian official said his country also treasures and wishes to deepen the traditional friendship with Vietnam.
He agreed with directions suggested by the Vietnamese minister, adding that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt will work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart to increase the exchange of high-level delegations and meetings and improve effective cooperation in trade, investment, transport, tourism and education and training, among others, thereby contributing to friendship and multifaceted ties.
Previous, on September 8, a workshop aiming to promote trade connection between Vietnamese and Egyptian businesses was held in Cairo, attracting those specialising in agricultural products, seafood, construction material, household plastic, paper, packaging and fertiliser.
Representatives from Egyptian companies said they are especially interested in Vietnam’s agricultural and seafood products, and wish to promote business opportunities with Vietnamese partners.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese businesses also have high expectations for business cooperation opportunities with Egyptian partners.
The Egyptian side said they are willing to support Vietnamese businesses in finding investment and business opportunities in the Egyptian market through strengthening connection between the business communities of the two countries.
A working delegation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnamese enterprises also had a meeting with the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce to learn about mechanisms and policies related to import and export, and share information about the need of the two markets.