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Minsk, Hanoi sign cooperation program for 2024-2026

Thursday, 07 December 2023

A solemn ceremony to sign a cooperation program between Minsk and Hanoi for 2024-2026 took place following Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko's meeting with Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Tran Sy Thanh, BelTA has learned.

The official visit of the Belarusian prime minister to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam continues. After the wreath ceremonies at the Fallen Heroes War Memorial and the mausoleum of the first president of Vietnam, leader of the Vietnamese national liberation movement Ho Chi Minh, Roman Golovchenko held talks with Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Tran Sy Thanh.

According to the chairman of Hanoi People's Committee, Vietnam and Belarus are developing bilateral relations in many areas, maintain trade and economic interaction. He also expressed the opinion that the visit of the Belarusian prime minister would further strengthen the existing ties and give a new impetus to cooperation.

“Your visit will bring a new spirit and our relations will become even warmer,” Tran Sy Thanh emphasized.

He went on saying that the cooperation program between the cities of Minsk and Hanoi for 2024-2026, the signing ceremony of which was held during the meeting, would update the previous agreement and contribute to further development of relations not only between the capital cities but between the countries in general.

Roman Golovchenko said at the meeting that Hanoi was developing dynamically being the center of political and economic life of the country. According to the Belarusian prime minister, the city is a vivid example of “what a modern metropolis and its hardworking residents can achieve under the wise leadership of the city authorities”.

“Hanoi is not just the capital of a country friendly to us, it is one of our main economic partners in Vietnam. In 2004, Minsk and Hanoi signed an agreement on friendly relations and cooperation - a basic document to develop the main areas of interaction, including in trade, economy, culture and education,” Roman Golovchenko said at the meeting with Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Tran Sy Thanh.

In his words, thanks to close bilateral ties, the countries exchange official and business delegations on a regular basis. The Days of Education of Belarus were a success in Hanoi in June 2023.

“We expect not only to maintain frequent bilateral contacts but also to further expand them,” Roman Golovchenko said.

“I am convinced that constant interaction between our capital cities, first of all their business and scientific communities, will become the major driver behind interregional Belarusian-Vietnamese cooperation,” the Belarusian head of government expressed his position, adding that this was also the core of the program for the development of trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation between Minsk and Hanoi for 2024-2026, which was signed at the meeting.

Roman Golovchenko said that the program contained the main areas of cooperation, which the parties agreed to develop. However, in order to fill it with useful activities, the relevant services of Hanoi and Minsk should develop and approve annual plans of specific activities.

The meeting participants also discussed proposed ideas to fill the signed program.

On Belarus' behalf, the document was signed by Minsk First Vice Mayor Nadezhda Lazarevich.

Written by belta.by