Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with leaders from Switzerland, Luxemburg and Poland in Milan, Italy on October 17 on the sidelines of the 10 th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit.

Meeting with Swiss President Didier Burkhalter, the PM assured him that Vietnam will continue to offer support to foreign investors and invite more Swiss investment in finance, technology, and the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Both sides reached a consensus on a number of issues, including fostering economic and trade cooperation; accelerating the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), of which Switzerland is a member; and working together closely at multilateral forums, including the United Nations and ASEM.

Burkhalter said he looks forward to visiting Vietnam soon to open a Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
In a meeting with Luxemburg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, the Vietnamese leader expressed his appreciation for the bilateral economic ties between Vietnam and Luxemburg.

Bettel, on his part, made it clear that Luxemburg values its cooperation with Vietnam, and pledged the country’s support to speed up the ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and the conclusion of the free trade agreement with the EU.

Both countries committed to enhancing collaboration on services, transport, financing, tourism and green growth, amongst others.

During their dialogue, the Vietnamese PM and his Polish counterpart Ewa Kopacz pledged to nurture comprehensive collaboration, with a focus on economics, finance and agriculture.

A day earlier, Nguyen Tan Dung also talked with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, and both sides agreed to step up bilateral economic, trade and education ties.

Orban expressed his wish to visit Vietnam in the near future.-VNA