Vietnam hopes the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations will continue to assist and support the country in agriculture projects, prioritising food security, poverty reduction, climate change and environment protection.

Receiving FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva in Hanoi on March 14, President Sang further said he highly valued the organisation’s taking Vietnam as an important partner country in agriculture cooperation, as evidenced by the more than 400 FAO financed projects being implemented in Vietnam.

The State leader attributed Vietnam’s world acclaimed achievements in agriculture to the organisation’s help, and voiced the country’s pledge for support to FAO’s initiatives and activities in the future.

Thanking the official and the organisation for selecting Vietnam to host its 31st conference for Asia and the Pacific, Sang said the country would do its best to make the meeting a success. He also spoke highly of the outcomes of FAO’s South-South cooperation programme, and confirmed Vietnam’s strong support for the programme’s implementation.

Da Silva expressed his joy at Vietnam’s recent progress in agriculture, describing the country as a leading state in this field.

Speaking highly of Vietnam’s contributions to global efforts in ensuring food security and eradicating poverty, he further said the conference offers a chance for regional countries to see with their own eyes Vietnam’s successes in agriculture.

The same day, da Silva had a meeting with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, during which he expressed his hope that Vietnam will share its experiences with others through its active participation in the framework of the South-South and tripartite cooperation./.