02/04/2015 09:34 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Vietnam hopes for broader ties with Sweden

Hanoi, April 1 (VNA) – Apart from cooperation in economy, trade and investment, Vietnam and Sweden should enhance partnership in coping with climate change and sea level rise, health care and building a law-governed State, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

During a meeting with Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Urban Ahlin in Hanoi on April 1, the PM suggested that both sides continue their close coordination at multilateral forums and international orgnaisations.

He proposed that Sweden help speeding up the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union.

Lauding the outcomes of the talks between the Swedish parliament leader and the Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly, the PM stated that the Government and people of Vietnam always treasures the support that the Swedish people have given to Vietnam during the past struggle for national independence as well as current national construction.

The PM expressed delight at the growing bilateral partnership, affirming that Vietnam hopes to work with Sweden to bring the ties to a new development period in a practical and effective manner.

He also took the occasion to extend an invitation to visit Vietnam to the Swedish Prime Minister.

The Swedish top legislator, who is in Hanoi for an official visit and to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132), said he is impressed by Vietnam ’s successful hosting of the IPU-132 as well as its growth from a poor country devastated by the war to a middle income country.

He said he is pleased that the official direct assistance from Sweden has contributed to the development process of Vietnam, adding that his country is interested in working with Vietnam in economy, trade and investment.

He revealed that this May, a delegation of Swedish enterprises will visit Vietnam to explore business opportunities.

Sweden also strongly supports the signing of a bilateral free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union, stated Ahlin.

Besides, Sweden is keen to help Vietnam during its building of a law-governed State, while being ready to openly talk with the country on matters related to democracy, human rights and corruption prevention and control, he said.

The Swedish Parliament leader also suggested that the two countries increase coordination and mutual support at multilateral forums as well as of each other’s candidacy to United Nations’ bodies.

He also shared Vietnam’s stance that all nations in the globe, regardless of their size, should abide by the United Nations Charter and international law.