Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has suggested the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay pay more attention to promoting Vietnamese and Uruguayan Governments' efforts to further step up their bilateral relations.

During his reception for Speaker of the Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra in Hanoi on January 19, Deputy PM Minh who is also Foreign Minister spoke of Uruguay’s decision to open its embassy in Hanoi in 2011 and its recognition of Vietnam’s market economy in 2013, saying that these have contributed to strengthening the Vietnam-Uruguay friendship and cooperation.

The host highlighted recent development of the relations between the two countries, noting that they worked closely at international organisations and multi forums.

According to the Vietnamese official, economic cooperation between Vietnam and Uruguay has enjoyed positive results in recent years, with two-way trade hitting 120 million USD in 2014, four times higher than that in 2007.

There is great potential for the two countries to set up partnership in the fields of agriculture, breeding, farm-aquatic product processing and biotechnology in the near future, he said.

Deputy PM Minh said he hopes the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay will support the signing and ratification of future cooperation agreements between the two countries.

For his part, Speaker Anibal Pereyra said that his country appreciates Vietnam’s role and increasing important position in the region and the world.

He expressed his wish that he will welcome high-level delegations of the National Assembly and Government of Vietnam in Uruguay in the near future.-VNA