Vietnamese President holds phone talks with Romanian counterpart hinh anh 1Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds phone talks with his Romanian counterpart, Klaus Iohanni. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 14 held phone talks with his Romanian counterpart, Klaus Iohannis.

During the talks, the two leaders discussed various measures to expand and deepen the bilateral relations, and agreed to maintain and promote exchange mechanisms and cooperation in some prioritised fields such as economy-trade, education-training and labour, among others.

The Romanian President said he treasures the 70-year friendship between the two nations and spoke highly of positive growth in the bilateral ties over the past time, affirming that Vietnam is an important partner of Romania in Asia-Pacific. 

President Iohannis affirmed that Romania is willing to stand side by side with Vietnam in repelling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

On the foundation of the two countries’ solid friendship, the Romanian Government has decided to present 100,000 doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam, and consider the reselling of another amount of the vaccine to the country in the coming time, he said.

President Phuc expressed his gratitude to the sentiments and prompt support of the Romanian President and people give to Vietnam, affirming that the donated vaccine will greatly contribute to the country’s fight against COVID-19.

He noted with pleasure that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) have fostered economic cooperation between the two countries. 

Despite the negative impacts of COVID-19, two-way trade rose 10 percent to nearly 300 million USD last year, he said.

President Phuc took the occasion to invite the Romanian President to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time in the future. President Iohannis accepted the invitation with pleasure and expressed his wish to welcome President Phuc to Romania in the coming time./.