Vietnam and Romania have agreed to regularly exchange high-level visits and beef up cooperation in economics, trade, oil and gas, culture, education and training and labour.

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Pham Gia Khiem, and Romanian Foreign Minister, Cristian Diaconescu, reached consensus on the issues during talks in Bucharest on June 23.

The two ministers agreed that Vietnam and Romania have enjoyed positive developments in their relationship, in keeping with the spirit of the traditional friendship they’ve maintained over the past six decades.

They also noted that the signing, during this visit, of an economic cooperation agreement and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs will help complete a legal framework to foster bilateral cooperative ties in the years to come.

Diaconescu said Romania will send a business delegation comprising executives from leading companies to explore the Vietnamese market in the near future.

Khiem congratulated Romania on the great achievements the European country has recorded during its national development and international integration. He spoke highly of the Romanian Government’s efforts to curb the impacts from the global economic downturn.

The deputy prime minister thanked the Romania people for the valuable support and assistance they extended to Vietnam during its past struggle for national independence, as well as national construction and defence at present.
Diaconescu praised Vietnam ’s successes in socio-economic development and its ability to effectively respond to the impacts of the world economic crisis.

He said Romania wished to boost economic relations with Vietnam , and considers Vietnam a bridge to develop its ties with other Southeast Asian nations.

At the talks, the two ministers also discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern, and agreed to step up coordination between the two countries as well as the two foreign ministries at international forums and organisations./.