Russia a reliable partner of Vietnam: top leader hinh anh 1General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee (CPVCC) and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – As part of its foreign policy, Vietnam has always and will continue to consider Russia a reliable and leading partner, said General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee (CPVCC) and President Nguyen Phu Trong at a reception for visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Hanoi on November 19.

The top leader affirmed that the Vietnamese Party, State, and people have maintained great attention towards consolidating and developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.

He expressed his wish that Russia would enhance collaboration with Southeast Asian nations and improve its role and position in the Asia-Pacific region.

He stressed that Vietnam welcomes Russian businesses and will continue to create favourable conditions for them to engage in key projects in Vietnam in the fields of energy, transport, and oil and gas.

The Party and State leader suggested the Russian Government actively coordinate with its Vietnamese counterpart to remove difficulties for economic-trade and investment cooperation and effectively implement large-scale joint projects agreed at the recent 21st session of the Vietnam-Russia Inter-Government Committee.

For his part, PM Medvedev, who is also head of the ruling United Russia Party, asserted that his country has always paid heed to fostering its comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam, considering the country its leading partner in Southeast Asia.

Informing the host of the outcome of his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Medvedev said the two governments will coordinate closely with each other to organise activities throughout 2019 as the two nations celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the treaty on the fundamental principles of Vietnam-Russia friendship and prepare for the 70th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020.

Russia and Vietnam will realise the agreements reached during CPVCC General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Russia last September.

Regarding the relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the United Russia Party, the leaders said they are pleased with the development of the ties over the past time, saying the relationship through the Party channel is an important political foundation to bolster the two countries’ bonds.

They agreed to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two parties in the time ahead, including the continued implementation of the political dialogue mechanism and their cooperation plan for 2018-2021. –VNA