PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and his Kuwaiti counterpart (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assured his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabad that Vietnam values friendship and cooperation with Kuwait and Middle Eastern countries, during their talks in Hanoi on May 6.

Vietnam wants to deepen bilateral ties with Kuwait for the development of each country as well as for the benefit of the two peoples, he said.

Both sides affirmed their determination to further develop bilateral partnership across trade, oil and gas, investment, development assistance, labour and education-training.

The two leaders spoke highly of mutual support in economic cooperation and at multilateral forums, especially the United Nations, since the establishment of diplomatic ties 40 years ago.

Hailing the efficiency of the bilateral partnership in the field of oil and gas, the Kuwaiti PM wished that both sides will put into operation the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical complex as scheduled.

He also took note of Vietnam’s proposal to provide the country with more preferential loans for rural infrastructure and poverty reduction via the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

The PM also promised to consider the continued granting of scholarships to Vietnamese students to study Arabic and the admission of more Vietnamese workers to the country.

On the Middle East and East Sea issues, the two sides shared the view that active solutions are needed to settling disputes and conflicts, ensuring peace and stability in the region.

They also expressed support of the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in line with international law, respect for the UN principles, and avoidance of intervening in other countries’ internal issues.

The two PMs condemned terrorism and asserted their support of global efforts to counter terrorism on the basis of respecting the UN Charter and international law.

Host and guest expressed a wish for further information exchanges and continued mutual support at international forums.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader also accepted his guest’s invitation to visit Kuwait. The visit will be arranged via diplomatic channels.

Following the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements on culture, arts and sports; a deal within the framework of the Nghi Son refinery and petrochemical complex; and another agreement between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam and Kuwait.-VNA