Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jose Enrique Catillo Barrantes has affirmed his country’s policy of developing cooperation with Asia-Pacific, including Vietnam, and its desire to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia through Vietnam.

He made the remarks at talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi on October 28 as part of his official visit to Vietnam that started on October 26, adding that trade, agriculture, tourism, culture and education will be priority cooperation fields.

FM Minh asked the two ministries to intensify delegation exchanges at all levels, regularly hold political consultations, and foster the signing of cooperative agreements in order to create a favourable legal framework for economic, trade and investment ties.

During the talks, the two ministers discussed measures to strengthen bilateral multifaceted cooperation, and exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

They agreed to continue promoting the two countries’ current coordination at international organisations and multilateral forums, for the interest of the two peoples, and for peace, stability and development in the two regions and the world.

Following the talks, the Costa Rican guest was received by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.-VNA