Czech, Vietnam hold deputy ministerial-level political consultation

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NDO/VNA – The Czech Republic has expressed the wish to enhance traditional cooperation with Vietnam in the field of labour in order to have Vietnamese nurses and doctors work in the Czech Republic under long-term contracts.

Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Lukas Kaucky made the proposal at a political consultation at the deputy ministerial level with Vietnam held in Hanoi on November 2.

The Deputy Minister affirmed the Czech government is actively endorsing and will soon approve the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement, which is a basis for promoting the trade and economic ties between the two countries.

He also informed that the Czech government is considering relaxing the procedures of granting short-term and long-term visa for Vietnamese citizens who enter the Czech Republic for the purposes of tourism, study, work or visiting family.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son thanked the Czech government for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the country to have a stable life.

The two sides expressed their pleasure at the frequent exchanges of high-ranking delegations and the effective operation of cooperation mechanisms such as consultation between ministries and the inter-governmental committee.

They noted that the bilateral trade and economic ties are still below potential and expectations despite recent expansions, urging for additional measures to help enterprises of the two countries connect in fields such as infrastructure, renewable energy, agricultural engineering, electric equipment, and food processing.

The two sides appreciated the cooperation of the two foreign ministries, including the maintenance of political consultation mechanisms and coordination of viewpoints in relation to important international issues.

They supported the settlement of disputes, including disputes in the East Sea, by peaceful measures based on international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the need to ensure regional maritime and aviation security and safety.

On the occasion, Deputy Minister Lukas Kaucky signed an agreement between the two governments on cooperation in culture, education, science, youth and sport. He also visited several cultural establishments and hospitals in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh and Hai Phong.

According to NDO