Vietnam and Spain have always attached great importance to
strengthening their bilateral cooperation since they officially
established diplomatic relations in 1977.
ambassador to Spain Truong Trieu Duong made the remark in a recent
interview granted to El Mundo Financiero (the World of Finance)
newspaper of Spain on the occasion of the 35 th anniversary of
Vietnam-Spain diplomatic ties (May 23, 1977-2012).
Vietnam and Spain officially set up a strategic partnership towards
the future and signed a joint action programme to define the framework
of a special relationship between the two countries during the visit to
Spain in 2009 by former President Nguyen Minh Triet, the ambassador
Duong said that Vietnam considers Spain an
important gateway to access the European Union (EU), which is a major
trade partner of the country.
Spain currently ranks fourth among the 27 EU nations in trade relations with Vietnam , he added.
He also said that Spain regards Vietnam as a priority partner for
developing relations in the Asia and Pacific regions and strives to
further expand cooperation between the two nations in a long-term and
mutually beneficiary manner.
The Vietnamese diplomat
also briefed about Vietnam ’s political and socio-economic situation,
saying that despite starting from a war-ravaged low-income nation with
an underdeveloped economy, Vietnam has taken full advantage of all
opportunities to overcome its difficulties and challenges, especially
the negative impacts of the global and regional financial and economic
crises, to record political and socio-economic achievements.
Ambassador Duong also highlighted Vietnam ’s outstanding
achievements in culture, education, national defence, security and
external affairs over the past decade.
He said that Vietnam has
been recognised by the UN as a model in poverty reduction and that the
country has also continued to attract foreign investment, especially
from the US , Japan , the EU and Spain.
to El Mundo Financiero, Vietnam ranked second in Asia and first in
Southeast Asia in economic growth with an average annual rate of 8
The US-based organisation Goldman Sachs also
named Vietnam in the Next Eleven (N-11) group of nations that have
good investment and economic opportunities, the newspaper said./.