General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong

Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong wrapped up his successful official visits to Russia and Hungary from September 5-11.

The visits were made at the invitations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

During his stay in Russia from September 5-8, Trong held talks with Putin, and met with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the State Duma of Russia Vyacheslav Volodin, Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia Andrey Turchak. He laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in memory of heroes who fell down in the Great Patriotic War, paid floral tribute to the leader of the world’s working class and workers’ movement, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, at his mausoleum, and laid flowers at President Ho Chi Minh’s statue in Moscow. He also visited Kaluga province.

In the talks and meetings, both sides discussed in depth major orientations and measures to create a new driving force for bilateral cooperation in all fields, and agreed to do their utmost to develop the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership in a profound and effective manner.

They reached consensus on maintaining high-level delegation exchanges, political consultations and strategic dialogue via all channels, and continuously consolidating political trust to boost and expand comprehensive cooperation.

They also achieved unanimity on coordination in organising the Russia Year in Vietnam and the Vietnam Year in Russia in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on Basic Principles for Vietnam-Russia Friendship in 2019 and the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020.

The two sides exchanged opinions on several regional and global issues of mutual concern, and shared a similar point of view on the necessity to solve disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law and the United Nations Charter without using or threatening to use force.

On the occasion, the two sides issued a Joint Statement and signed important cooperation agreements in numerous fields.

While in Hungary from September 8-11, the Vietnamese Party chief held talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and met with President Janos Ader Deputy and Speaker of the National Assembly Hende Csaba, attended the conference of rectors of Vietnam and Hungary’s universities, and visited Szentendre city.

During the talks and meetings, both sides affirmed their determination to foster effective collaboration in all fields, especially economics, trade, investment, defence, education and training, science and technology, health and culture.

They agreed to step up consultations on regional and international issues of shared concern, and maintain effective coordination at multilateral forums and organisations, particularly the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) forum, and the Mekong-Danube Cooperation Initiative.

Vietnam backs Hungary’s efforts to expand cooperation with ASEAN nations, while Hungary commits to helping promote the Vietnam-EU ties.

On this occasion, the two sides issued a Joint Statement on the Establishment of Vietnam-Hungary Comprehensive Partnership, and signed seven cooperation documents to create a legal framework for the development of bilateral relations.-VNA