A delegation from the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations visited Egypt, Palestine and Israel from June 9-16 to strengthen cooperation with these countries’ parties.

During its June 14-16 stay in Egypt , the delegation, led by deputy head of the commission Nguyen Tuan Phong, had a working session with Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Ahmed Ismail.

Both sides expressed their wish to push bilateral relations and implement signed agreements, while organising an inter-governmental meeting on economic, scientific and technological cooperation as soon as possible.

After being informed of the recent developments in the East Sea , Ahmed Ismail expressed his deep concern about the situation and said he supports efforts to settle the issue through political dialogues and peaceful means.

The Vietnamese delegation also met with leaders of the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and Al Watan Party in Egypt who said they admire Vietnam ’s struggle for national independence in the past as well as its current renewal process. They expressed hope to promote relations between their parties and the CPV.

Earlier in Palestine , the Vietnamese communists had a working session with the Fatah Party Central Committee and visited Hebron and Bethlehem cities. They were also received by President Abbas, who recalled the best memories during his Vietnam visit in 2008.

While in Israel , the delegation met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, who showed his pleasure at the sound cooperation between Vietnam and Israel in science-technology, agriculture, national defence and security.

Middle East-North Africa, with a population of over 520 million, is a market of great potential for Vietnam’s goods.

Despite their geographical distance, Vietnam and countries in the region have long established friendly relations, which serve as the foundation for them to develop all-round ties during recent years.-VNA