PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Mongolian Parliament Chairman hinh anh 1Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Mongolian guest. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Government and people of Vietnam will make greater efforts to accelerate the cooperation with the Government, parliament and people of Mongolia, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He met on January 22 with Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Miyegombo Enkhbold, who is on official visit to Vietnam. The guest earlier attended the 26th Asia-Pacific Parliament Forum (APPF-26).

“Vietnam always pays due attention to bolstering cooperative ties with traditional friends, including Mongolia,” said PM Phuc.

He stressed that both sides need to consolidate and develop cooperation in various fields based on their long-standing traditional friendship.

He noticed that Miyegombo Enkhbold’s visit is a vivid illustration of the developing cooperative relations and traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mongolia.

He spoke highly of the central Asian country for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese firms to do business there in the past years and said that Vietnam can provide its staples like coffee and seafood for Mongolia.

“Vietnam is ready to share experience and cooperate with Mongolia in the fields of customs, education and networking activities among localities of both sides,” he said, adding that the country is willing to send high-profile experts and engineers in civil, bridge and road construction and other fields to support Mongolia.

The Government leader said that the two countries should channel more efforts to increase bilateral trade to 70 million USD by 2020.

Meanwhile, Miyegombo Enkhbold took the occasion to congratulate the Vietnamese National Assembly for successfully organising the APPF-26 while expressed his impression on the meeting with PM Phuc in Ulan Bator in 2016.

He stated that Vietnam is an important partner of Mongolia in the Southeast Asian region and his country always wants to boost cooperation with Vietnam.

Mongolia supports Vietnam to run for the position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and hopes that Vietnam continues to back it to join activities of the ASEAN Community, he said.

Due attention has been paid to the exchange of high-ranking delegations in these years, contributing to developing the win-win cooperation, he stressed, adding that the Vietnam-Mongolia Intergovernmental Committee has a crucial role in elevating the bilateral ties.

The two countries are pushing for the signing of agreements on justice and ratcheting up defence partnership, he noted.

In terms of trade and economy, he suggested that the two countries should enhance collaboration in the processing of frozen meat. Mongolia boasts huge potential to export mutton and goat meat to Vietnam while Vietnam holds strengths in chicken and meat.

Cooperative mechanisms in customs, tax, banking and finance should be set up to promote two-way trade cooperation, he recommended.

He wished that Vietnam would receive more Mongolian students and the two countries’ localities would launch cooperative activities to make it easier for the partnerships between their businesses and people.-VNA