Subject: Viet Nam, Timor-Leste leaders agree to increase reciprocal visits

also Party chief Manh receives Timor Leste President, Boosting Vietnam -Timor Leste friendly and co-operative ties

Viet Nam, Timor-Leste leaders agree to increase reciprocal visits

April, 27 2010 10:04:54

President Nguyen Minh Triet and Timor-Leste counterpart Jose Ramos Horta review the guard of honour yesterday in Ha Noi. ≠ VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang HA NOI ≠The Presidents of Viet Nam and Timor-Leste agreed to increase reciprocal visits at all levels and people-to-people diplomacy for better mutual understanding and trust.

The agreement was reached in a meeting between President Triet and his Timor-Leste counterpart, Jose Ramos Horta, yesterday in Ha Noi.

While receiving the Timor-Leste President, Triet highlighted that the visit would open a new phase of development of friendship and co-operative relationships between the two countries.

In the dialogue, the two sides briefed each other on their countries' socio-economic situation. President Jose Ramos Horta spoke highly of the Vietnamese people's victory in the struggle for national liberation and unification in the past and their achievements in the current national construction and development process.

The two presidents reached a consensus about taking joint actions to successfully realise the Framework Agreement on Technological and Economic Co-operation which was signed between the two Governments to take advantages of each country's strengths.

Horta also agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart's suggestion of importing rice and other consumer goods from Viet Nam; strengthening investment and trade promotion activities; and creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese investors in infrastructure and the oil and gas sectors.

He praised Viet Nam's readiness to share experiences in agriculture, rural development, hunger alleviation and poverty reduction.

The two leaders agreed to expand co-operation to other sectors such as aquaculture and seafood processing.

The Timor-Leste President expressed his interest in oil refinery projects in Viet Nam.

Triet thanked the Timor-Leste Government for facilitating Vietnamese people who were living and doing business in the country, creating an important bridge for the bilateral, friendly and co-operative relationship.

Horta said that Timor-Leste plans to open an embassy in Ha Noi by 2011.

The two leaders also exchanged views of international and regional issues of mutual concern and agreed to support each other in international forums and organisations and at the United Nations.

Horta expressed his wish for Viet Nam to continue to share experience with and support his country's bid to join the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the near future.

Triet applauded Timor-Leste's intention to become an ASEAN member and said that in the position of ASEAN Chair this year, Viet Nam would continue to support Timor-Leste's wish to cement ties with ASEAN.

President Jose Ramos Horta invited his Vietnamese counterpart to pay an official visit to his country and Triet accepted the invitation with pleasure.

The two leaders witnessed the Framework Agreement on Economics and Technical Co-operation signing between Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem and Timor-Leste Minister of Foreign Affairs Zacarias Albano da Costa.

Earlier the same day, Khiem received the Timor-Leste Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two sides agreed to hold the first Joint Committee meeting to focus co-operation on agriculture, aquaculture, and oil and gas sectors.

Also yesterday, President Jose Ramos Horta was received by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.

Manh congratulated the achievements that the Timor-Leste Government and people had made during their national construction and their international relationship expansion progress.

He believed that the Framework Agreement on Economics and Technical Co-operation would create favourable conditions for co-operative relations between the two countries to develop strongly in the future.

For his part, President Jose Ramos Horta stressed that Timor-Leste attached much importance and wished to enhance the multifaceted co-operation with Viet Nam, especially in fields that Viet Nam had advantages in such as agriculture, energy, oil and gas and human resource development. ≠ VNS

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Updated : 8:00 AM, 04/27/2010

Party chief Manh receives Timor Leste President

At the meeting, the Party leader expressed his belief that the visit paid by President Horta would open up a new stage for the two countriesí friendly and cooperative relations.

He extended his congratulations on the government and people of Timor Lesteís achievements in their national construction process and their efforts to strengthen international ties.

He said he is pleased with the two countriesí rapid development in trade ties and believes that the signing of a framework agreement on economic and technological cooperation would create favourable conditions for bilateral relations to grow strongly in the future.

For his part, President Horta thanked the Vietnamese people for the great support given to Timor Leste over the years while expressing his wish that the country would continue to assist and share with his country experiences in national construction and development.

He stressed that Timor Leste treasures its ties with Vietnam and wishes to bolster multi-faceted cooperation, especially in the fields of Vietnamís strengths such as agriculture, power, oil and gas and human resources.

VNA/VOVNews

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Last updated: 17:8 - April 27, 2010

Boosting Vietnam -Timor Leste friendly and co-operative ties

President Jose Ramos Horta of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste started his visit to Vietnam on April 26 at the invitation of President Nguyen Minh Triet.

The second visit to Vietnam by President Horta since the foundation of the Democratic Republic Timor Leste on May 20, 2002 is an important event to strengthen the friendly relations and boost the co-operation between the two countries.

Welcoming President Horta, we are glad to see that the politics of Timor Leste has been stable in recent years. The countryís GDP growth reached 7.4% in 2009. Timor Leste has established diplomatic relations with about 90 countries and became the 191st member of the United Nations.

The friendly and co-operative relations between Vietnam and Timor Leste have developed step by step. The two countries have exchanged a number of high-level delegations in order to boost the bilateral friendship and economic co-operation. Two-way trade reached US$99 million in 2009. The two countries have great potential to co-operate in many fields such as agriculture, oil and gas, infrastructure building, trade in agricultural products and consumer goods.

Situated in Southeast Asia, Vietnam and Timor Leste have mutual understanding and share common concern on international and regional issues. Vietnam supports Timor Leste in its joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and integration into the region.

May the visit to Vietnam by President Horta be crowned with success. May the friendly and co-operative ties between the two countries increasingly develop for the two nationsí mutual benefit , thus contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

NHAN DAN


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