Vietnam is important partner in South East Asia, Belarus President says

Vietnam is important partner in South East Asia, Belarus President says

Belarus considers Vietnam one of the most important partners in Southeast Asia, said on December 9 President Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang.

Like Vietnam, Belarus is conducting socially oriented policy, which aims at improving the quality of life of people. The positions of the two countries are absolutely the same in most of the international agenda.

The Belarusian head of state believes that the two countries have great scope for further development of relations. Especially in the trade and economic sphere.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
First of all, I want to express my deep appreciation for the hospitality. From the first minutes of our stay in Vietnam we have felt that warm and friendly atmosphere. I'm not for the first time in Vietnam and each time there is something new I learn about your country. Vietnam is changing, and we are happy for you. I have the feeling that I have come to my native land where brotherly people live.

Truong Tan Sang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam:
Since independence and until now Belarus has consistently continued the chosen path of development. I firmly believe that the Belarusian people under your talented leadership will achieve new progress in socio-economic development, which will help improve people's lives and improve the position of Belarus in Europe and in the international arena in general.

Following the talks, the presidents of Belarus and Vietnam issued a joint statement on strengthening and comprehensive development of relations between the countries.

Belarus and Vietnam also signed a program of cooperation in economy, science and culture for 2016-2018.

In particular, the sides inked an agreement on the training of Vietnamese citizens in Belarusian universities, a plan of cooperation in tourism and a road map of cooperation between the Academies of Sciences of the two countries. This once again confirms that the bilateral dialogue should be developed.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We are constantly raising the level of our cooperation. We reiterate that Vietnam is the most reliable friend of ours in South-East Asia and, if you like, a kind of a springboard from which we are willing to cooperate with other states. We actively cooperate with Vietnam on the international agenda in the United Nations and within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement. We have always supported, as well as Vietnam and us on the most pressing, topical issues of the agenda. We will continue to act in the same mode.
Today Belarus-Vietnam trade is about 190 million dollars. This is, of course, an insignificant level, if you look at the potentials of the two countries. I must say that this visit contributed to the signing of a series of contracts worth several hundred million dollars. I agree again with the President of Vietnam, who offered to raise the level of our intergovernmental commission in order to achieve a higher level of turnover and exceed the $500 million turnover in the next two years.

Truong Tan Sang:
We appreciate the good and trusting relations between our countries. We agreed to exchange visits to strengthen trust political relations, especially in economy, trade and investment. We agreed that we would support each other at international forums. In addition, we discussed the measures to increase trade and investment, and also agreed that we will actively promote import and export and expand cooperation in the field of industry.

On December 9, early in the morning, before the start of the talks, Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at the Monument of Fallen Heroes.  This is the traditional place where the heads of official foreign delegations lay wreaths.

Flowers and wreaths from the Belarusian president were laid at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It is located in the biggest square in Vietnam. Here 70 years ago, Ho Chi Minh, the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, read the Declaration of Independence. Now, the square is a venue for military parades and solemn processions.