They noted with pleasure the sound development of  cooperation between the two countries over the past time, and agreed that both nations should make preparations to enhance the bilateral ties after COVID-19 is under control.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh

They agreed that the two sides need to increase delegation exchanges at all levels, especially at the high-level one, and effectively implement existing cooperation mechanisms via online meetings amidst the pandemic outbreak, firstly the upcoming fourth meeting of the Vietnam-Saudi Arabia Joint Committee.

The two countries will also step up investment, trade and tourism promotion activities, and push ahead with negotiations and signing of agreements on investment encouragement and protection, judicial assistance, and collaboration in combating crime, thus creating a legal framework for bilateral cooperation.

Minh used the occasion to thank the government of Saudi Arabia for facilitating the settlement of Vietnamese in the country, and called for more support from the host authorities to the Vietnamese community.

During the talks, the two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern.

Translated by Chung Anh