Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam attaches importance to developing the friendship and wide-ranging cooperation with Micronesia, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He hosted a reception for visiting Micronesian Speaker of the Congress Wesley W. Simina and his delegation in Hanoi on June 7.

The PM expressed his belief that the visit by the Micronesian guest will help tighten the relations between the two countries and the two legislatures.

“The visit is hoped to chart a new chapter for the cooperation between the two parliaments in particular and the two countries in general,” said Wesley W. Simina.

He said the two countries have established active and close relations on multilateral scale.

The countries have exchanged visits, cooperated in agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, environment, and climate change while their law-making bodies have set up active cooperation, the guest said.

He said he expected that visit exchanges, people-to-people activities and cooperation in education, economy and trade will be promoted in the future.

Wesley W. Simina expressed his hope to boost cooperation and twining relations between Micronesian and Vietnamese localities.

PM Phuc agreed with the guest’s opinions and said the two countries need to increase the sharing of experience in national development.

As geographical distance is not favourable for the bilateral cooperation to grow as expected, ministries, sectors and localities of the two countries should be proactive in exploring cooperation opportunities, he said.

He suggested the two sides launch negotiations on some cooperation agreements to provide a legal foundations to accelerate the trading in farm produce, consumer products, and agricultural machinery, and seek to invest in infrastructure construction, tourism, and telecoms.

“Vietnam wants to share its experience in cooperation in areas with potential, like agriculture, aquaculture, seafood processing, industrial tree plantation, tourism development, education and training,” he affirmed.

The PM suggested the two countries continue working together and supporting each other at regional and multilateral forums and organizations.

He hoped Micronesia will back Vietnam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021.

He asked Micronesia to support the stance and effort of Vietnam and ASEAN in maintaining peace, stability, maritime and overflight freedom, security and safety in the East Sea, stating that Vietnam welcomes effort of all countries to contribute to the work. -VNA