Hungarian President Janos Ader (Photo: EPA)

Budapest (VNA) – Hungary considers Vietnam the most important partner in Southeast Asia and will work to strengthen the comprehensive partnership with the country, Hungarian President Janos Ader has said.

The Hungarian President made the statement during his meeting with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in Budapest on September 10.

Ader affirmed Trong’s visit is an important event, opening up a new stage in bilateral relations in all areas.

He expressed his pleasure with achievements in bilateral relations, especially Hungary's preferential credit for, and water and environment projects in Vietnam.

He underlined the importance of protecting water resources and the water environment, suggesting enhanced cooperation in training, including those working in the water sector.

The President said Hungary is willing to provide Vietnam with water retention technology for drought days, while wishing Vietnam to create favourable conditions for the development of Hungarian pharmaceuticals in the Vietnamese market.

General Secretary Trong highly valued the positive development of the relations between the two countries in recent times, stressing that Vietnam always attaches importance to strengthening and developing friendship and cooperation with traditional friends in Central and Eastern Europe, including Hungary – a leading important partner.

He informed President Ader of the important results of his talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban and main orientations for promoting traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary.

The two leaders were pleased with the two countries' decision to upgrade their relations to the level of "comprehensive partnership", saying that it marks a historic milestone, creating a new framework to expand and deepen bilateral cooperation.

They agreed to work together to effectively implement measures to promote cooperation in politics - diplomacy, security - defense, economy - trade, education - training, health, environment, culture, sports, and tourism.

Stressing the importance of economic cooperation in bilateral relations, General Secretary Trong briefed President Ader on Hungary’s projects in Vietnam, including water projects. They agreed to direct the implementation of the agreements signed by the two governments, particularly those of socio-economic importance.

The General Secretary welcomed the Hungarian President’s proposals on personnel training, as well as cooperation in agriculture and medicines.

Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong invited Hungarian President Janos Ader to visit Vietnam at his convenience. President Ader accepted the invitation with pleasure.-VNA