PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc is welcomed by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.  (Photo: VNA)

Bucharest (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was welcomed to Romania at an official ceremony in Bucharest on April 15 morning chaired by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

This is the first visit of Phuc to Romania as Prime Minister of Vietnam, and the first by a Vietnamese PM to the European country since 1977.

As the two PMs were reviewing a guard of honour at the ceremony, PM Phuc said in Romanian “Buna ziua Soldati” (Good morning soldiers).

The two PMs are reviewing a guard of honour at the ceremony. (Photo: VNA)

After the welcome ceremony, the two PMs held talks.

The two PMs hold talks after the welcome ceremony.(Photo: VNA)

Vietnam and Romania officially set up diplomatic relations in February 1950. The two countries have enjoyed growing friendship and cooperation. Both sides have worked together towards a trade revenue target of 500 million USD in the near future, instead of just 200 million USD at present.

The official visit to Romania by PM Phuc looks to open up opportunities for Vietnam to gain Romania’s support in the ties with the European Union (EU), especially in pushing for the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) during Romania’ rotating EU Presidency in the first half of 2019.

Besides, the visit also looks to step up the two sides’ coordination at international forums and build plans to prepare for the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

The two sides will seek to boost cooperation across politics, economics, trade-investment, education-training, culture-tourism, agriculture, labour, and local partnership during the visit.-VNA