Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has highlighted the fine Vietnam-Norway friendship and cooperation in politics, diplomacy, and development and urged expanded cooperation in economics, trade, and investment.
Receiving new Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Siren Gjerme Eriksen on October 7, FM Minh said he hopes the diplomat and Vietnamese partners will find new cooperation opportunities, encourage Norwegian businesses to invest in Vietnam in the areas of Norway's potentiality including shipbuilding, navigation, oil and gas, hydro electricity, fishing, and telecommunications.
The Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant agencies will create the best possible conditions for the Ambassador to fulfill her mission in Vietnam, Minh said.
|Deputy FM Pham Binh Minh (R) receiving new Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Siren Gjerme Eriksen. |
For her part, the Norwegian diplomat pledged her best efforts to further boost the Vietnam-Norway relations while confirming that Vietnam is one of Norway's important partners in Asia which serves as a bridge for it to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian nations.
She applauded the effectiveness of development cooperation projects in Vietnam and affirmed Norway's continued ODA provision for Vietnam in the coming time, focusing on climate change, forest protection and natural disaster control.
Gjerme Eriksen hailed Vietnam's active participation in regional and international forums such as the United Nations, ASEAN, ASEM, agreed to accelerate the finalization of th Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between Vietnam and Eu members- Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein which promise to open up new prospects for broader trade cooperation and investment between the two sides in the future.
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