Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) shakes hands with Chairman of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Vojtech Filip in Prague on April 17. (Photo: VNA)

Prague (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met Chairman of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) Vojtech Filip in Prague on April 17 as part of his visit to the Czech Republic.

The PM said that despite geographical distance, the people of Vietnam and the Czech Republic have given each other warm support. Vietnamese people remember how the Czech friends helped during the country’s struggle for independence and national construction, he stated.

Expressing his delight at growing ties between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the KSCM, the Vietnamese leader thanked the KSCM and Filip for the party’s support to Vietnam. As Deputy Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic’s Parliament, Filip has worked to enhance cooperation between the two parliaments, he noted.

For his part, the KSCM leader expressed pleasure at the sound partnership between the two countries, stating that he believes signed deals between the two countries will be realised soon. He pledged to closely supervise the implementation of agreements reached during talks between PM Phuc and his Czech counterpart, while continuing to foster the partnership between the two parliaments.

Revealing that he plans to visit Vietnam, he said he hopes to fly on a new direct flight between the two countries by then.

PM Phuc lauded the Czech Republic’s recognition of the Vietnamese Czech community in the country as an ethnic minority group.

Holding that economic, trade and investment collaboration is key, the PM said that the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) is of significance to both the EU and Vietnam, helping businesses from the EU and the Czech Republic access the Vietnamese market.

He proposed that Filip help speed up the signing of the EVFTA and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). He said a Hanoi-Prague direct air route will be launched soon and Filip will be one of the first passengers.

On the occasion, Filip presented PM Phuc with a book entitled “Hoa cuc xanh” (Green Daisy) by Karel Capek, which has been translated into Vietnamese.

The same day, PM Phuc met with leaders of Austrian company VAMED Engineering, during which the Prime Minister welcomed VAMED to expand its investment in Vietnam and asked the firm to continue implementing health technology projects in the country.

Before concluding his visit to the Czech Republic, the PM visited the Sapa trade centre – a trading hub of the Vietnamese community about 15km from central Prague.

PM Phuc and his entourage left Prague for Vietnam in late April 17, ending his official visit to the Czech Republic -VNA