Bucharest (VNA) –
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was welcomed to Romania at an official ceremony
in Bucharest on April 15 morning chaired by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica
This is the first visit of Phuc
to Romania as Prime Minister of Vietnam, and the first by a Vietnamese PM to
the European country since 1977.
As the two PMs were reviewing a
guard of honour at the ceremony, PM Phuc said in Romanian “Buna ziua Soldati”
(Good morning soldiers).
After the welcome ceremony, the
two PMs held talks.
Vietnam and Romania officially
set up diplomatic relations in February 1950. The two countries have enjoyed
growing friendship and cooperation. Both sides have worked together towards a
trade revenue target of 500 million USD in the near future, instead of just 200
million USD at present.
The official visit to Romania by
PM Phuc looks to open up opportunities for Vietnam to gain Romania’s support in
the ties with the European Union (EU), especially in pushing for the signing of
the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) during Romania’ rotating EU
Presidency in the first half of 2019.
Besides, the visit also looks to
step up the two sides’ coordination at international forums and build plans to
prepare for the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
The two sides will seek to boost
cooperation across politics, economics, trade-investment, education-training,
culture-tourism, agriculture, labour, and local partnership during the