The talks between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea Rimbink Pato (Source: VNA)

Port Moresby (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on November 17 held talks with Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea Rimbink Pato in the framework of the 26th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

During the talks, the two sides agreed on measures to further foster the bilateral relations in the time to come, including enhancing the exchange of delegations, investment promotion and business links in the fields of their strength such as aquaculture, agriculture, and health care.

Rimbink Pato said his country wants to import rice directly from Vietnam, suggesting the two countries expand cooperation in fishery and aquaculture, and coffee growing and processing.

He also expressed the hope that Vietnam will support Papua New Guinea in training doctors.

For his part, Minh welcomed the ideas and asked for collaboration of Papua New Guinea with Vietnam to address issues related to Vietnamese fishermen and fishing boats in the spirit of friendship and humanity.

Pato thanked Vietnam for its assistance to his country to host the 26th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, and agreed to work with Vietnam to accelerate the implementation of agreements reached in the APEC Year in 2017 and 2018.

He also affirmed his country’s support for Vietnam’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021.-VNA