Viet Nam, Argentina agree to work for closer relations

HA NOI ó Viet Nam and Argentina discussed measures to bolster friendship and co-operation during presidential-level talks in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

Tran Duc Luong, who was on a visit to South America, and his Argentinean counterpart Nestor Kirchner made a comprehensive evaluation of bilateral relations before agreeing they were strong.

Expressing delight at the progress made by the two countries under the framework of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Co-operation, the leaders said the co-operation in this respect was a motivation for wider bilateral relations.

They agreed to speed up co-operation in agriculture, bio-technology, information technology and the peaceful use of nuclear energy among others.

Under the framework, they reviewed co-operation in the nuclear energy and agreed the two sides needed to further bolster this co-operation. They also asserted each countryís commitment over the non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapon.

They hailed the conclusion of bilateral negotiations for Viet Namís admission to the WTO. An agreement signed subsequently smoothes Viet Namís entry into the global multilateral trading system and holds the prospects of stability and increased trade between the two countries.

The two sides also agreed to make necessary efforts to diversify and further increase bilateral trade while working on new opportunities to help businesses from the two countries work together.

The leaders underlined the two governmentsí keenness to hold the second bilateral economic consultations in 2005, saying the meeting would create a framework to evaluate and deepen economic ties.

Argentina completely supports Viet Namís efforts to join the WTO and become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2008-09, he assured.

During his visit, Luong held talks with Argentinaís President of Senate Daniel Scioli and head of the Lower Congress Eduardo Camano.

Addressing the Argentina-Viet Nam business forum, he said business people from the two countries had a responsibility to deepen economic and trading co-operation and make them on a par with the traditional political and diplomatic relations.

Luong thanked the Argentinean Government and people for their sentiments of solidarity and friendship and the support they had given the Vietnamese people.

The two leaders also pledged to strengthen co-ordination at regional and international forums like the UN and to boost co-operation between their two regions.

They agreed on the central role of the United Nations in the international scenario and reiterated both Governmentsí support for its strengthening and renewal, which is essential for the Organization to be able to give effective responses with respect to international peacekeeping and security, as well as the promotion of economic and social development and the eradication of poverty and hunger.

They considered that terrorism constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and agreed on the need for the international community to intensify its efforts to prevent and eradicate this scourge, on the basis of full respect for international law, international humanitarian law, human rights and the objectives and principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

Both leaders stressed the role which the Latin America-East Asia Cooperation Forum (FEALAC) can play in bringing both regions closer, promoting peace and strengthening international cooperation.

President Luong received the Golden Key and the Honourary Guest Certificate from Buenos Aires Mayor. He paid a floral tribute to the San Martin Monument.


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