09/09/2017 16:34 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

​Vietnam, Egypt open new opportunities for cooperation

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to Việt Nam is considered an important milestone in the cooperation between Việt Nam and Egypt, which is expected to boost the traditional partnership between the two countries in all fields.
The visit on September 6-7 at the invitation of President Trần Đại Quang, was the first made by a State leader of Egypt to Việt Nam since the two countries established diplomatic relations on September 1, 1963.

During the visit, the two State leaders discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and organize activities to celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year and provide mutual support at the UN.

Presidents Tran Dai Quang and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi review the guard of honor.Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

President Tran Dai Quang (R) welcomes his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Hanoi on September 6. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

The talks between the Vietnamese and Egyptian leaders on September 6. Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

Presidents Tran Dai Quang and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi witness the signing of cooperation agreements after their talks.Photo: Nhan Sang/VNA

The Vietnam-Egypt Business Forum was held in Hanoi on September 7, serving as a platform for enterprises from both countries to explore business and investment cooperation opportunities. The event was jointly organized by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC). Photo: Delegates at the forum. Photo: Minh Quyet/VNA

They agreed to augment cooperation in various fields and work closely for progress and prosperity in each region. They affirmed the importance of strengthening international cooperation in combating terrorism and their determination to work for a maritime order in line with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The leaders pledged to create the best conditions for businesses of both sides to access the respective markets, aiming to raise two-way trade to 1 billion US dollars in the near future.

During his stay, the Egyptian leader paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.Photo: Tri Dung/VNA

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received visiting President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Hanoi on September 7. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Hanoi on September 7. Photo: Trong Duc/VNA

The two presidents witnessed the signing of nine cooperation agreements on trade, investment, tourism, culture, maritime transport and fishing, as well as a memorandum of understanding between Vietnam's Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Egyptian department in charge of the expansion of the Suez Canal, a project that will play a key role in global trade.

Egypt has been the second largest trade partner of Vietnam in Africa, with two-way trade hitting 316 million USD in 2016. Vietnam exported seafood, automobile spare parts, fabric, black peppercorn, coffee, rubber and other consumer goods to Egypt and imported mainly chemicals, oil products, milk and dairy products, and fibres.