Hanoi (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam have working sessions with representatives from many ministries of Namibia to discuss possibility of fostering economic and trade cooperation between the two nations in the future.

At the meetings during his recent working visit to Namibia, the Deputy FM recalled valuable support of the Namibian Government and people for Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation in the past, and hoped the country will successfully assume the position of presidency of the Southern African Development Community.

He also affirmed Vietnam’s support for the 4th National Development Programme of Namibian President Hage Geingob.

The two sides stressed the need to boost economic links on a par with the political relations between the two countries.

They agreed to further push connection between the two countries’ chambers of commerce, and push exchange of goods, especially those of strength such as beef, cattle meat, minerals of Namibia; and agricultural machinery, fertilizer, textiles, machinery components, and telephone of Vietnam.

The Namibian side expressed their desire to attract Vietnam’s investment and cooperate with the Southeast Asian nation in tourism , energy, cotton growing and processing, breeding, and technical vocational training.

Namibia pledged to soon ratify the agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders signed between the two countries in 2013.

Nam took the occasion to hand over a letter of President Tran Dai Quang to Hage Geingob, which suggested Namibia support Vietnam's candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 tenure.

The Namibian side promised to consider its support for Vietnam in the next year’s election for the seat.

The two sides compared their notes of regional and international issues of common concern, and agreed on the importance of international law, dialogue and peaceful settlement of disputes.

The Vietnamese official also informed the Namibian side of the history of disputes in the East Sea, recent relevant developments, and viewpoints of concerned parties.-VNA