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A delegation from the Foreign Ministry led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga paid working visits to Hungary, Slovakia and Norway from October 8-16 to promote economic-trade ties with these countries.

In Hungary, the delegation met with leaders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of the Vietnamese business community, and attended a forum on ASEAN.

The Hungarian side said that in its look-East open door policy, Hungary attaches importance to developing ties with Southeast Asia countries, including Vietnam.

Hungary affirmed that it will continue providing ODA for Vietnam and strengthening cooperation with the country in training human resources for nuclear power plants, healthcare, water resource management and information technology.

The country pledged to back Vietnam in the ratification of the Vietnam-EU Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU as well as closely cooperate with Vietnam at international forums.

In Slovakia, the Vietnamese delegation joined a seminar on strengthening Vietnam-Slovakia investment and trade ties and held working sessions with Foreign Ministry leaders.

The Slovak side spoke highly of cooperation potential with Vietnam and showed interest in investment opportunities in the country in the fields of small- and medium-sized hydropower, plastics and construction materials.

Slovakia is ready to cooperate with Vietnam in training human resources and ensuring the safety for nuclear power plant as well as support the country in the negotiations for the FTA and the ratification of the PCA with the EU.

In Norway, the Vietnamese diplomats attended a seminar on investment in Vietnam and worked with leaders of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Industry and Trade.

Norwegian officials pledged to assist Vietnam in promoting green growth and seek cooperation with Vietnamese businesses in oil and gas, energy, navigation, shipbuilding and industry.

Source: VNA