Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Polish President Andrzej Duda (Photo VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda affirmed that the Vietnamese community in Poland plays a significant role in maintaining and developing the relations between the two countries.

He made the affirmation while meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on November 28, noting he is particularly interested in promoting economic partnership with Vietnam, including tourism.

Poland wants to increase the number of tourists to Vietnam and promote balanced trade with the Southeast Asian country, he added.
 

He hoped the Vietnamese Government will actively support Polish businesses to make investment here.

Poland has chosen Vietnam as one of the top five potential countries to promote cooperation, he said, adding that the Polish Government will urge the EU to sign and ratify the EVFTA as soon as possible.

For his part, PM Phuc urged the two countries to reinforce the cooperation mechanisms and seek more effective ones as well as resume the meeting of the joint committee on science cooperation to aid the development of the sector.

The Vietnamese Government welcomes Poland to open its trade representative office in the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, he said.

He supported the two sides to promote cooperation in the fields of mining, shipbuilding, food processing and tourism as well as open a direct air route between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and Warszawa.

The PM also lauded Vietnam and Poland for signing a cooperation agreement in education, of which Poland agreed to increase the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students. 

He suggested the two countries enhance exchanges among students, especially in the field of Poland’s strength such as mining.

PM Phuc proposed Poland urge the EU to sign and ratify the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement to bring mutual benefits.

He hoped the Polish President will create more favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live in Poland.

During the State visit to Vietnam by President Andrzej Duda, his spouse Agata Kornhauser Duda visited Marie Curie high school the same day and attended a ceremony to celebrate the 150th birthday anniversary of Polish scholar Marie Curie.

She later visited the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, which was included in the list of 23 national special relic sites.

Later on the day, a State banquet was hosted by President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse for visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda, his spouse and entourage.-VNA