State, Gov’t leaders receive United Russia Party Chairman
State President Vo Van Thuong and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on May 22 met with Dmitry Medvedev, chairman of the United Russia Party (URP) and deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia, who is in Hanoi for an official visit.
Thuong welcomed Medvedev’s visit, which he said gives both sides a chance to discuss orientations for Vietnam-Russia relations, including cooperation between the two Parties and States.
Vietnam values the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership and wishes to further strengthen bilateral cooperation for the benefit of both countries and prosperity of both peoples, said Thuong.
He thanked Russia for continuing to provide annual scholarships for Vietnamese students to study in Russian educational institutions, and believed that the fourth session of the Vietnam-Russia Joint Committee on Education, Science and Technology, scheduled to be held later this year, would open up new cooperation opportunities in this field.
Medvedev affirmed that Russia attaches importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership with Vietnam.
Leaders of Russia, including the URP, are keen to develop relations with Vietnam as one of the top priorities, he said, adding that Vietnam is Russia’s important partner in the region.
Both host and guest hailed the significant achievements in bilateral cooperation over the past years, especially in economy, trade, science, education-training, and locality-to-locality cooperation.
President Thuong suggested leaders of Russia and the URP continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to work and live stably in Russia.
While receiving the Russian guest, PM Pham Minh Chinh affirmed that Vietnam treasures its traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia. He said Medvedev’s visit would help strengthen mutual understanding and further improve the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation.
Medvedev, for his part, said the URP always supports the development of comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and Vietnam. It also supports the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, investment, culture, tourism, locality-to-locality and people-to-people exchanges, among others.
The two leaders shared the view that amid difficulties and challenges faced by the global economy, it is necessary to adopt measures to strengthen the effectiveness of bilateral cooperation, in the spirit of harmonising interests and sharing risks. They also vowed to deepen joint work in such areas as energy, oil and gas, science-technology, education and training.
Earlier on the same day Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with the Russian guest.