Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son (R) and Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Augustine Mahiga (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Generations of Vietnamese leaders have attached much importance to cooperative relations with Tanzania who supported Vietnam during the struggle for national dependence, said Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son.

During a talk with Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Augustine Mahiga in Hanoi on October 11, Deputy FM Son spoke highly of his guest’s visit to Vietnam, saying that this is a good opportunity for both countries to bolster bilateral collaboration and enhance coordination at multilateral mechanisms, helping to deepen cooperative relations.

The Tanzanian diplomat expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s impressive achievements in national construction and development.

Regarding the East Sea issue, Minister Mahiga said that he supports the settlement of all the disputes by peaceful means, ensuring freedom of navigation and respecting international regulations.

He also described ASEAN as a successful model for regional cooperation that African countries should follow.

At the talk, both diplomats agreed to strengthen bonds between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Chama Cha Mapinduzi ruling party, saying that this will contribute to consolidating political trust between the two nations.

More delegation exchanges should be made at all levels and twin relations be set up between Vietnamese and Tanzanian localities, they added.

Besides suggesting that Tanzania open a representative office in Vietnam, Deputy FM Son also recommended opening a trade office in each country to facilitate connections among enterprises.

Furthermore, they pledged to support each other at the United Nations and other international organisations that Vietnam and Tanzania are members of. Deputy FM Son took the occasion to thank Tanzania for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

Augustine Mahiga said that he will work to foster relations between Vietnam and East Africa, as well as the African Union (AU). Meanwhile, Son said that Vietnam stands ready to facilitate the flow of Tanzanian goods and services to break into the ASEAN market.

Son and his Tanzanian guest lauded the initial achievements in investment cooperation between the two countries with the successful operation of Halotel, a member of the Viettel Group in the Africa. Augustine Mahiga laid stress on the firm’s significant contributions to economic development and locals’ livelihoods.

They were unanimous in creating favourable conditions for trade exchanges with a view to increasing two-way trade revenue to 1 billion USD in the coming time, as set by leaders of the two countries. Therefore, they supported the simplification of customs procedures, trade promotion, market research, and the establishment of a rational payment mechanism for import-export activities.

Measures to step up collaboration in other potential sectors like defence-security and agriculture-seafood were also discussed. –VNA