The northern port city of Hai Phong, a major sea gateway and transport link for Vietnam, wants to increase its trade and investment cooperation with Uruguay, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Duong Anh Dien told Speaker of the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay Anibal Pereyra.

Hai Phong has long been considered the biggest northern seaport in Vietnam and is focusing on socio-economic development and trade cooperation expansion with foreign countries including Uruguay, Dien said at a reception in the city on January 20.

Besides advantages in marine transport, the city has well-developed road, railway and aviation transport, noted Dien.

The Uruguayan Speaker said his visit, spanning from January 18-22, is intended to strengthen the bilateral friendship and cooperation.

He noted that the establishment of the Uruguayan Embassy in Hanoi in 2011 is a vivid demonstration of the long-term cooperation between the two countries and confirms the important role and position of Vietnam in the region and beyond.

Pereyra also visited the Hai Phong seaport on the same day.-VNA