Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev left Ho Chi Minh City on October 31, concluding his State visit to Vietnam from October 27-31 at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang.

During the visit, President Plevneliev held talks with President Truong Tan Sang and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

At the meetings, Plevneliev and the Vietnamese leaders discussed major orientations and agreed on specific measures to boost cooperation in many fields, especially in economics-trade, education-training, culture-tourism and security-defence.

They also deliberated on a new economic cooperation model in order to elevate the two countries’ relationship to a strategic partnership in the future, while exchanging views on regional and international issues of common concern.

The two sides also agreed to create all favourable conditions for both countries’ businesses and investors to study the markets and seek new partners in both countries, especially in the fields of infrastructure development, urban and public transport system planning and development, energy, environmental protection, food processing, water management and irrigation.

During his stay, President Plevneliev witnessed the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a memorandum of understanding on information exchange cooperation between the Vietnam News Agency and the Bulgarian News Agency and those between the Vietnam Ship Science and Technology Institute and Bulgaria’s Institute of Metal Science.

Plevneliev also met with former Vietnamese students in Bulgaria and enjoyed an art performance by Bulgarian artists, while attending the inauguration ceremony of an economic and trade office in Ho Chi Minh City and visiting several cultural and historical monuments in Hanoi, Quang Ninh province and Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA