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VN, Seychelles issue joint statement

VGP – Viet Nam and the Republic of Seychelles have issued a joint statement on the occasion of President James Alix Michel’s official visit to Viet Nam from August 28-29 at the invitation of President Truong Tan Sang.

08/30/2013 18:42

The statement says this is second official visit to Viet Nam made by a high-ranking leader of Seychelles in the last 33 years.

While staying in Viet Nam, President Michel held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart, during which the two leaders committed to ushering in a new stage for Vietnam-Seychelles relationship on the basis of mutual respect, for common values and benefits.

They expressed their hope to further enhance linkages between Governments, businesses and people to facilitate goods transportation between the two countries.

Both consented to increasing the exchange of delegations at all levels in order to create an impetus for the friendly political ties as well as economic, cultural and social partnership between Viet Nam and Seychelles.

They compared notes on the implementation of several already-signed agreements such as the agreement on technical assistance in 1986 and the agreement on economic, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation in 2010.

The leaders reached consensus on the need to engage in new agreements on political-diplomacy, trade, oil and gas, aviation, environment, agriculture, fishery, tourism, climate change adaptation and “green economy” research.

Applauding the signing of cooperation agreements on diplomacy, aviation, tourism and trade, they were unanimous in expanding bilateral trade ties for mutual benefit in the coming time.

The two Presidents welcomed the establishment of a regular dialogue and consultation mechanism between the two foreign ministries.

While exchanging views on potential for cooperation in national defense and security, they agreed to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in capacity enhancement and experience sharing in observing marine law and fighting cross-border crimes such as drug smugglers and pirates.

They took note of coordination between Viet Nam and Seychelles at international forums and discussed several international issues of common concern and others regarding the “green economy”, sustainable development, climate change, food security and clean energy.

The Seychelles President voiced his hope for further cooperation with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to promote their mutually beneficial partnerships.

President Sang thanked the Seychelles Government for recognizing Viet Nam’s market economic status, describing it as an important contribution to the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

President Michel invited President Sang to pay an official visit to Seychelles in a near future. President Sang accepted the invitation with pleasure./.

VNA