Vietnam, Sweden Agree To Heighten Relations

Vietnam and Sweden have agreed to push
bilateral relations to a new level, building on close to 40 years of
traditional friendship.
    At talks
between Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and his
Swedish counterpart, Maud Olofsson, in Stockholm
on Monday, both sides agreed that long-term bilateral relations were a valuable
treasure shared between the two countries.
    They agreed
to further co-operate in the fields of science and technology as well as
education and training, and to create favourable conditions for entrepreneurs
to develop economic and trade ties, especially Swedish businesses investing in Vietnam.
    The two
Deputy PMs also agreed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the two countries’
diplomatic ties in 2009.
    They
witnessed the signing of one agreement on scientific and technological
co-operation from 2008-2011 and another on the repatriation of citizens.
    Beginning
his visit to Sweden on
Sunday, Deputy PM Hung had a working session with Swedish Minister for
International Development Co-operation Gunilla Carlsson, and visited major
business groups including Ikea, Comvik and Ericsson, all of which have large investment
projects in Vietnam
whose operations they hope to expand.
    Yesterday,
Deputy PM Hung had a meeting with leading Swedish economic groups at the
Stockholm World Trade Centre and then attended a business forum with hundreds
of businesses from Sweden
and Vietnam.
    The same
day, he met with the First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament and several
MPs.
    Deputy PM
Hung also attended a performance by Vietnamese artists participating in the
“Vietnamese Day in North Europe” programme at the Rikskonserter
Theatre in Stockholm.
    The
Vietnamese Deputy PM and his entourage will leave Stockholm
today, concluding their trip of the three European countries of Denmark, Finland
and Sweden
that began on June 9.

 

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