Vice President holds bilateral meetings on CICA sidelines hinh anh 1Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh  (L) and President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon (Source: VNA)

Dushanbe (VNA)
– Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh met with a number of State and Government leaders on the sidelines of the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan from June 14-15.

President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon told the Vietnamese Vice President at their meeting that Tajikistan wants to deepen traditional friendship with Vietnam across fields and expand bilateral cooperation at multilateral forums.  

Rahmon said the two sides need to closely coordinate to strongly push economic and trade ties on a par with the bilateral relations.

He agreed with Vice President Thinh’s proposal on establishing a joint committee to promote bilateral cooperation, and suggested that the two countries set up embassies in each other's capitals.

For her part, Thinh praised Tajikistan for its preparation for the CICA, and affirmed that Vietnam will coordinate closely with the host country for the event’s success.

She suggested the two sides focus on promoting economic and trade bonds with specific measures such as holding negotiation for the signing of agreements to facilitate the travel of the two countries’ citizens, encourage investment protection, avoid double taxation, and provide mutual legal assistance.

She also called on the two sides to expand business cooperation in the fields of their strength, including material cotton and fabric production, agriculture, fisheries, textiles, and mining.

Vice President Thinh also had separate meetings with the Chinese President, the King of Qatar, the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, and the Indian Foreign Minister, during which she proposed the countries to coordinate with Vietnam in taking measures to bolster multifaceted relations between Vietnam and the nations, and enhance the exchange of all-level visits.

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his respect for relations with Vietnam and suggested the two sides implement commitments of the two countries’ leaders to further the Vietnam-China relations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Novruz Mammadov pledged to coordinate with Vietnam in organising the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in October this year.

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government wishes to further expand the strategic partnership between the two countries.-VNA