Ambassador Dang Xuan Dung (R) and Deputy Foreign Minister of Paraguay Federico Gonzalez (Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina)

Buenos Aires (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay Dang Xuan Dung had a working visit to Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, to promote cooperation between Vietnam and Paraguay.

Ambassador Dung met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Paraguay Federico Gonzalez, during which the two sides reviewed the bilateral and multilateral partnership in various fields.

The two sides discussed the potential for expanding cooperation in economy and trade, especially in areas of each country’s strengths, while concurring to consider the possibility to hold the next political consultation meeting in early 2019.

Deputy FM Federico Gonzalez spoke highly of Vietnam’s political, economic and trade achievements in recent days, showing his hope that the two countries will further foster relations and seek new collaboration opportunities.

During a meeting with representatives from the Paraguayan Ministry of Industry and Trade, both sides evaluated cooperation outcomes over the past three years, saying that current trade turnover has yet to match the two countries’ potential.

In the coming time, the Paraguayan ministry hopes to set up partnership with Vietnam’s Trade Promotion Agency and work with the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina to organise some activities to introduce products of each country and visits of businesses to each other’s market.

Both sides held that the strengthening of bilateral trade ties will help promote Vietnam’s penetration to markets of the South American trade bloc (Mercosur) as well as offer a chance for Paraguayan goods’ presence in ASEAN markets.

In a working session with Governor of Asuncion Mario Ferreiro, Ambassador Dung stressed the importance of affiliation between the two countries’ localities in the overall ties between Vietnam and Paraguay.

Ferreiro pledged that the city will support and cooperate with the Vietnamese Embassy to hold the Vietnamese Day in Paraguay in the coming time, while expressing his wish to visit Vietnam soon.

He also suggested the formation of twinning relations between the two capital cities.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy held a Vietnam-Paraguay seminar drawing representatives of local ministries, sectors, associations and a large number of Paraguayan firms.-VNA