Hanoi (VNA) - Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel expressed his wish to foster ties with Vietnam in the fields of politics-diplomacy, trade, investment, oil and gas, and labour during his talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi on July 13.

Messahel, who is on an official visit to  Vietnam from July 13-14 at the invitation of Minh, highlighted the promising operations of Bir Seba joint-venture with the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), considering it a symbol of success in bilateral cooperation.

He proposed enhancing cooperation between the two countries’ provinces and cities via visits, trade fairs, training courses, and scholarships.

Deputy PM Minh, for his part, thanked Algeria for providing invaluable support to Vietnam both in the past with its struggle for national independence, as well as the current cause of national development.

In order to deepen bilateral ties, he asked the two countries’ ministries and agencies to realise the outcomes of the 11th meeting of the Vietnam-Algeria Inter-Governmental Committee in November 2017.

In the foreseeable future, Minh suggested the two sides prepare well for the Algerian PM’s visit to Vietnam in 2019, while also strengthening the legal framework to facilitate bilateral trade-investment.

Specifically, the Deputy PM hoped to see more done to realise the agreements in the fields of investment encouragement and protection, double taxation avoidance, plant quarantine, vet hygiene, and protocol on goods trade.

He urged Algeria to continue assisting PetroVietnam’s investment activities in the country, making it easier for the group to expand exploration and exploitation of potential lots, and provide technical services in the field.

Speaking highly of the prospect for bilateral labour bonds, Minh proposed that Algeria should create favourable conditions for Vietnamese labourers to work for a long term in the country, and consider the signing of a labour cooperation agreement between the two nations in the near future.

Minh also accepted Messahel’s invitation to visit Algeria with pleasure.-VNA