Vietnam-Brazil comprehensive partnership to go further hinh anh 1Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc (R) and his Brazilian counterpart Eduardo Paes Saboia (Photo: The World and Vietnam newspaper)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Brazil hold great potential for further development as members of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), including Brazil, are eager to enhance economic, commercial and investment cooperation with Vietnam, said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc.

In a Hanoi reception on June 6 for his Brazilian counterpart Eduardo Paes Saboia, Ngoc expressed his delight at Brazil continuing to be Vietnam's largest trade partner in the Latin America, with two-way trade reaching 6.78 billion USD in 2022.

He highlighted the potential of bilateral collaboration in agriculture, renewable energy, science-technology, climate change response, digital transformation, and South-South cooperation.

Discussing measures to deepen the Vietnam-Brazil comprehensive partnership based on shared values of peace, cooperation and development, both sides said this could be achieved through regular high-level visits and exchanges, particularly those by top leaders from both countries.

Toward the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties next year, both officials agreed to further strengthen bilateral coordination, uphold the Joint Commission and Political Consultation mechanisms, expand dialogues and connections between ministries, departments and businesses, toward gradually fine-tuning legal frameworks to boost trade and investment cooperation, especially in agriculture, locality-to-locality and people-to-people exchanges, and those between friendship organisations.

They also vowed to step up talks toward signing agreements in education and technical cooperation.

On global and regional issues of shared concern, they promised to work closely together and offer mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums of which Vietnam and Brazil are members, particularly the United Nations, as well as reinforce the ASEAN-Brazil partnership.

While in Vietnam, the Brazilian official also held working sessions with officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations, and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences./.