During their talks in Hungary on Tuesday, visiting President Truong Tan Sang and his Hungarian counterpart, Ader Janos, agreed to take measures to enhance the two countries’ relations to new heights. The agreement was reached when the two leaders met on September 16 in Budapest, where they expressed their pleasure at the fruitful outcome of the development of bilateral relations in the past.
However, the two presidents also agreed that bilateral cooperation in terms of economics and trade needed to be further strengthened, as it has yet to match both countries’ potential and expectations.
They reached consent on major measures to effectively make the best use of the two countries’ potential and strengths in an effort to enhance their cooperation, especially in agriculture, education, trade, pharmaceuticals, environment, culture and the training of atomic energy experts, to a new level.
President Sang affirmed that Vietnam always attaches importance to consolidating and developing friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with its traditional friends, including Hungary.
The Vietnamese President also thanked the Hungarian people for their valuable and effective support of Vietnam during its past struggle for national independence and current national construction and defense.
For his part, President Janos affirmed that Hungary wants to continue strengthening and promoting the traditional friendship and long-term, all-round cooperation between the two countries and peoples.
Given that the world economy faces numerous challenges, the fact that Vietnam has achieved GDP growth of 5-6 percent per year is impressive, the Hungarian President said.
President Janos affirmed that Vietnam is one Hungary’s most important partners in the ASEAN region. He also had high praise for Vietnam playing an increasing role in the region and the world thanks to its steady economic growth and active and multilateral diplomatic policies.
The two leaders also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern, and agreed to continue intensifying their coordination at international organizations and forums.
After the talks, the two leaders issued a joint statement to boost Vietnam-Hungary ties to a new height and witnessed the signing of a number of cooperation agreements.
In the joint statement, President Sang thanked Hungary for its ratification of the EU-Vietnam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and expressed his hope that Hungary will continue to help finalize negotiations on the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
The two leaders also highly appreciated the Hungarian Government’s scholarship program, under which 40 scholarships will be granted to Vietnamese students at a number of universities in Hungary.
Also yesterday, President Sang and his entourage paid floral tribute to Hungarian heroes at Heroes’ Square in Budapest, and met the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and members of the Vietnamese community in Hungary.