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Party General Secretary heads to Russia and Belarus

Released at: 11:36, 22/11/2014

Party General Secretary heads to Russia and Belarus

The visits aim at boosting ties between Vietnam and the two countries.

by Thong Dat

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, will pay official visits to Russia and Belarus from November 23 to 28 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, to strengthen traditional bilateral friendships and cooperative ties.

Party General Secretary Trong and President Putin will discuss and evaluate cooperation over the past few years, including agreements reached by senior Vietnamese and Russian officials, as well as major Vietnam-Russia projects. Measures to further promote the comprehensive co-operation between the two countries are also on the agenda, regarding politics, trade, economics, investment, energy, oil and gas, nuclear power, and national defense, among others.

Vietnam and Russia have seen rapid development in bilateral relations in recent years, with their comprehensive strategic partnership growing fully and effectively in a number of fields. Two-way trade reached almost $4 billion in 2013 and exceeded $1.8 billion during the first eight months of this year.

Vietnam also wants to develop its traditional ties and political ties with Belarus, to form the basis for boosting multifaceted cooperation between the two countries. Both have enjoyed sound and long-lasting friendship and cooperation, with political ties growing constantly.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Belarus reached $152 million in 2013, with Vietnamese imports totaling $138.3 million. In order to balance trade turnover, the two leaders have already agreed to intensify cooperation in areas of strength and with potential, effectively implement agreements on agricultural and industrial production, and accelerate the establishment of joint ventures producing milk, fertilizer and pharmaceuticals and manufacturing trucks and tractors.

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