Hoang Binh Quan, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and head of its Commission for External Relations (R) and Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Faurie (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam always considers Argentina one of its leading partners in Latin America and wishes to enhance its comprehensive partnership with the country, especially in economy, trade and investment.

The statement was made by Hoang Binh Quan, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and head of its Commission for External Relations, at a reception in Hanoi on July 30 for Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Faurie.

The Vietnamese official spoke highly of developments in bilateral collaboration, especially in economy, with two-way trade increasing nearly tenfold in a decade, from 316 million USD in 2007 to over 3 billion USD in 2017.

He expressed his wish that both sides will make efforts to tap their potential for stronger relations, actively implement reached agreements and promote the efficiency of existing cooperation mechanisms.

The two sides need to boost comprehensive cooperation in various spheres, focusing on exchanging delegations at all levels through all channels, he added.

Binh urged Argentina to support the enhancement of ties between the CPV and political parties in the Latin American country and people-to-people exchange, considering it an important channel to bolster the bilateral relationship.

He suggested both sides continue supporting each other’s standpoints in the resolution of territorial disputes through peaceful negotiations in line with international law.

For his part, Jorge Faurie, who is visiting Vietnam for the first time, stressed that the two nations should maintain trustful political ties via regular meetings and visits, particularly by high-ranking leaders.

Effective economic cooperation is a driving force to bilateral relations, he said, noting great potential for the two countries’ cooperation and measures to foster their trade and investment ties in the time to come.-VNA