Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Irish Ambassador to Vietnam Cáit Moran on December 16. (Photo: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – Ireland will work to push the Vietnam-European Union free trade agreement, the Irish Ambassador to Vietnam, Cáit Moran, told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at a meeting on December 16.

The ambassador said her country wants to maintain high-level visits between the two countries, and is willing to share experience in agricultural development with Vietnam.

The diplomat also informed PM Phuc that Ireland is expanding the provision of scholarships and improving visa granting procedures, adding that she hopes more Vietnamese students will receive scholarships to study in Ireland and more Vietnamese tourists will travel to the European country.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc noted that the recent visit to Vietnam by Irish President Michael Daniel Higgins was a success, creating a new impetus for bilateral relations.

He said Vietnam hopes to boost trade and investment ties with Ireland, while looking for Ireland’s help in education and training, as well as assistance for the early signing of the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement.

The PM asked the ambassador to help with promoting bilateral relations in the time ahead.-VNA