Vietnam treasures cooperative ties with Wallonia-Brussels as part of its relationship with Belgium, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ho Xuan Son.

The Vietnamese diplomat made the statement when he received the Governor of the Wallonia region and French-speaking community of Belgium, Rudy Demotte, who is in Vietnam from April 8-13.

The visit is on the occasion of Vietnam and Belgium’s 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, Son said, adding that he highly appreciates the Wallonia authority’s decision to prioritise its relations with Vietnam.

For his part, the Belgian official expressed his impression of Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements, and spoke highly of their bilateral cooperation in the framework of the Francophone organisation.

The two sides praised the developing relationship between them thanks to regular delegation exchanges and the positive outcome of 2010-2012 joint projects.

They agreed to expand cooperation in economics, transport, aeronautics and s pace , science and technology, as well as to bolster links between localities in Vietnam and Wallonia in economic development and land management.

The Belgian governor is due to take part in working sessions with Vietnam’s relevant ministries and sectors, and visit Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City over the following days.-VNA