Speaking at the event, Pinto hailed the great achievements of the doi moi (renewal) process initiated and led by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) over the past nearly 40 years as well as Vietnam's increasingly important role and position in the region and the world.

Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of its Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung (right) and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil Pinto

He also emphasized the importance of the close relationship between his country's ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the CPV in strengthening the foundation of bilateral ties and political trust at high level, as well as orienting and developing the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

He asked Trung to convey the greetings from President Nicolás Maduro, who is also the Chairman of the ruling PSUV, and other senior leaders of Venezuela to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and other senior leaders of the Party and State of Vietnam.

For his part, Trung expressed his pleasure to see new developments in bilateral relations in all channels, including Party diplomacy, State diplomacy and people-to-people exchange as well as in strategic cooperation areas, such as oil and gas, telecommunications, and agriculture after the recent visits to Venezuela by high-ranking Vietnamese leaders.

He urged Minister Yvan Gil Pinto to pay attention to promoting bilateral cooperation mechanisms to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries and create favorable conditions to expand exchanges and cooperation between their localities and organizations.

The host affirmed that Vietnam always values the traditional friendship and comprehensive partnership with Venezuela. He said that the two sides should continue to expand and strengthen delegation exchanges at all levels; cooperate and share experience in socio-economic development and issues of mutual concern; actively support and protect each other's legitimate interests at international forums and within the framework of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Translated by Chung Anh