Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga visited Turkey and attended the second Political Consultation with her Turkish counterpart Mehmet Fatih Ceylan from April 15 – 17.

During the visit, Nga had meetings with Deputy Minister of Economy Mustapha Serve, Deputy Minister of Customs and Trade Fatih Metin, as well as representatives of the Istanbul administration, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and the Turkey-Vietnam Business Council. She also visited some economic establishments in Ankara and Istanbul.

At the meetings, the two sides briefed each other about the political and socio-economic situation in each country. They expressed delight of the rapid development of multifaceted relations between the two countries over the past time and agreed to boost cooperation in all fields, especially economics and trade.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

Regarding orientations for the future cooperation, the two sides agreed to speed up the exchange of high-level delegations and coordinate to organise activities to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties (June, 1978 – June, 2013).

They agreed to enhance the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, labour, agriculture, education and training, investment and customs, as well as speed up negotiations for and the signing of agreements on double-tax avoidance, investment encouragement and protection, and an Memorandum of Understanding on customs cooperation.

On the occasion, an action plan between the two foreign ministries for the 2013-2015 period and a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries’ diplomatic academies were inked.-VNA