Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 27 had meetings with several delegates attending the second Nuclear Security Summit 2012 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK) as his sideline activities at the summit.

In a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt, PM Dung said he is delighted at the success both sides have enjoyed in celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2011.

In addition to decades of successful relations, Vietnam and Denmark recently established strategic partnerships in the areas of climate change adaptation, environmental protection, green growth and energy.

Schmidt asked Vietnam to offer preferential policies for Danish investors to maintain long-term businesses in the country, especially in areas such as food processing, renewable energy, green and environmentally-friendly technology, among others.

Meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and President of the EU Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Dung asked the EU to make further efforts to allow negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement to begin and to soon recognise Vietnam as a market economy.

Later, Dung met with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. The Vietnamese leader said he hopes that Finland will continue to assist Vietnam in the areas of poverty reduction, climate change adaptation and forestry.

In a discussion with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, both leaders agreed to work closely to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations in 2013. Though bilateral trade topped 5 billion USD in 2011, Dung said both countries have the potential to reach higher targets.

Gillard said she hopes the two countries will further co-operate in economics, commerce, investment, high technology, education, security and national defence and other activities at regional and international forums.-VNA