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Vietnam seeks Hungary support to expand EU ties

Publication Date : 16-11-2012


Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for Hungary to support Vietnam's bid to expand cooperation with European Union (EU) countries and Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the EU.

Dung was speaking at a meeting with visiting Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice, Tibor Navracsics, in Ha Noi yesterday.

Recalling the traditional friendship between the two countries and Hungarian support for Vietnam's national struggle in the past and its current socio-economic development, the PM stressed that Vietnam highly valued multilateral cooperation with Hungary on a win-win basis for the development of each country.

Dung suggested that the two sides should accelerate exchanges of delegations at all levels, support each other at regional and international forums, and increase cooperation in economics, trade, investment, education-training, culture and tourism.

Dung added that he hoped Hungary would continue to provide Official Development Assistance to Vietnam.

Navracsics said that his visit aimed to boost multidimensional cooperation with Vietnam, especially in judicial and legal areas, which would serve as a spring-board for other cooperative fields of mutual interest.

The Hungarian leader affirmed that his country was willing to share its 20-year experience in judicial reform with Vietnam.

The guest also expressed wishes to increase cooperation in the fields of health, education, environment and food processing.

Earlier, Navracsics and Vietnam's Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong signed a judicial cooperative agreement which stated that Vietnam and Hungary would boost experience exchanging and help each other to improve their regulatory framework and human resources in the justice sector.

The two countries would also review and adjust the Judicial Assistance Agreement on Civil, Family and Penal Law, which they signed in 1985, to improve its effectiveness.


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