Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan has affirmed that Vietnam wants to intensify and deepen its traditional friendship with Macedonia in line with its consistent foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation.

Meeting Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski on December 2, Vice President Doan informed the host of the outcomes of her talks with President Gjorge Ivanov earlier on the day.

Both sides shared the view that the two countries’ bilateral political ties and coordination at multilateral forums have grown remarkably, but economic cooperation has yet to match their potential.

They agreed to consider the establishment of an inter-governmental committee for economic cooperation and expand ties in education and training, culture and tourism with the possibility of signing agreements on partnership in these fields.

On the same day, the Vietnamese Vice President also met with President of Macedonia’s Assembly Trajko Veljanovski, who described her visit as a new milestone in the two countries’ relations, especially in the context of the 20th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

He confirmed that the legislature always backs the Macedonian government’s policy of strengthening ties with Vietnam in all fields, particularly politics, economics, culture and education.

He suggested setting up friendship parliamentarians’ groups in both countries to enhance legislative cooperation.

On this occasion, Vietnam and Macedonia signed an agreement on economic cooperation and another on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders.-VNA