A Party delegation led by Hoang Binh Quan, Director of the Commission for External Relations of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, paid working visits to Sweden and Denmark from September 22-27.

During the visits, the delegation held talks with leaders of the Left Party, Social Democratic Party and Moderate Party of Sweden, and the Socialist People’s Party and the Social Democratic Party of Denmark.

The Vietnamese officials also held working sessions with the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and the State Secretary to Minister for Trade of Sweden, and the Chairmen of the Foreign Policy Committee and the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Secretary for Trade and Strategy of Denmark.

At the meetings, the delegation head thanked Sweden and Denmark for the whole-hearted support they had given to Vietnam during its past struggle for independence as well as for the country’s efforts to overcome war aftermaths and carry out national reconstruction and current renewal cause.

He affirmed that Vietnam always values the relations with Sweden and Denmark and hopes to develop the relations in all fields and at all levels.

Quan also discuss with the leaders he met the ways to boost the bilateral relations between Vietnam and the two countries and between their parties in the coming time.

The party and government leaders of Sweden and Denmark expressed their pleasure at the sound relationship with Vietnam, emphasising that they always attach importance to the relations.

They agreed with the guest on measures to strengthen bilateral relations in the future, affirming their policies of stepping up comprehensive cooperation with Asian-Pacific countries, especially ASEAN member countries.

They shared the same view that potential for cooperation between the two countries and Vietnam remains high and needs to be further promoted, suggesting joint cooperation with other developing countries in tri-partite projects to make full use of each other’s strengths.

The leaders said, as members of the European Unions, Sweden and Denmark committed to supporting Vietnam in negotiations on a free trade agreement negotiations with the EU, while asking for mutual support in the strengthening cooperation between the two countries and ASEAN member countries.

Sweden and Denmark support Vietnam’s viewpoints of settling regional disputes through peaceful methods, basing on the respect of international law for peace, stability, cooperation and development, they said.

Leaders of the political parties of the two host countries expressed their special interest in seeking ways to enhance the relations with the Vietnamese Party, particularly through sharing information and experience, exchanging delegations and coordinating in multilateral political forums.-VNA