Fin­land backs EU-VN free trade deal

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HELSINKI — Fin­land sup­ported the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the sign­ing of a free-trade agree­ment be­tween Vieät Nam and the Euro­pean Union and the bloc’s recog­ni­tion of Vieät Nam as a mar­ket econ­omy, Fin­nish Prime Min­is­ter Alexan­der Stubb said yes­ter­day.

Stubb was speak­ing at a wel­come re­cep­tion for Viet­namese Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Hoaøng Trung Haûi, who is on a two-day work­ing visit to Fin­land. Hai also met the Fin­nish Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Af­fairs Jan Va­paavuori.

Haûi thanked the Fin­nish Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple for their valu­able support for Vieät Nam dur­ing its strug­gle for na­tional lib­er­a­tion and its cur­rent process of na­tional de­vel­op­ment.

He said the Viet­namese Gov­ern­ment would cre­ate favourable con­di­tions for Fin­nish en­ter­prises to op­er­ate and invest in Vieät Nam.

He wel­comed the Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Af­fairs’ visit to Vieät Nam in Oc­to­ber, be­liev­ing it would help con­nect the two coun­tries’ business cir­cles and open up new in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Both sides agreed to con­sol­i­date po­lit­i­cal ties by main­tain­ing the ex­change of...

... del­e­ga­tions at all lev­els and sup­port­ing each other at multi-lat­eral fo­rums and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions.

They said they would work to­gether to ac­cel­er­ate the sign­ing of a num­ber of co-op­er­a­tion agree­ments, in­clud­ing an air­freight agree­ment and a visa- ex­emp­tion agree­ment for diplo­matic pass­port hold­ers.

They also agreed to en­cour­age busi­nesses to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties in Fin­land ’ s ar­eas of strength, such as en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, green tech­nol­ogy, re­new­able en­ergy re­sources and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The Viet­namese of­fi­cial is sched­uled to meet the Min­is­ter for Euro­pean Af­fairs and For­eign Trade, Lenita Toivakka, and at­tend a round­table on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion prospects be­tween Vieät Nam and Fin­land. —

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