Foreign Minister holds phone conversation with Austrian counterpart
VGP - Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Alexander Schallenberg agreed to enhance trade and investment promotion activities and expand cooperation in fields of Austria’s strengths and Viet Nam’s needs.
The two foreign ministers reached the above agreement during their phone conversation on June 1.
The Vietnamese FM stated that Viet Nam attaches importance to strengthening its traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Austria.
Bui suggested the Austrian Government advocate and urge the Austrian Parliament to early ratify the EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
The two sides expressed their delight on the positive developments in the bilateral relationship, with Austria being among the 10 largest trading partners of Viet Nam in the EU with the bilateral trade value reaching nearly US$3.5 billion last year.
Both sides agreed to maintain delegation exchanges and meetings at all levels, and join hands in organizing activities to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.
They vowed to strengthen collaboration in such sectors as renewable energy, climate change response, waste treatment and processing industry.
Both sides agreed to closely coordinate to successfully organize the upcoming session of the Viet Nam-Austria Joint Committee on Economic-Trade Cooperation, while taking advantage of opportunities and benefits brought by the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
They reiterated their resolve to continue to work closely and support each other at multilateral forums and organizations such as the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and ASEAN-EU.