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Vietnamese President meets Putin in China

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong had a brief meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this afternoon, October 17 local time on the sidelines of the third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China.

At the meeting, the two leaders discussed strengthening bilateral relations between Vietnam and Russia, and exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern.

President Thuong said Vietnam wanted to boost the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership in all areas since Russia is one of Vietnam’s most vital partners.

He suggested that Russia continue to provide scholarships for Vietnamese students, enhance cultural exchanges, and maintain its support to the Vietnamese community in the country.

President Putin affirmed that Vietnam is also one of his country’s most important partners in the Asia-Pacific region, saying that there is still significant potential for further fostering the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

The two agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in economy, trade, security and defense, science and technology, culture and education, energy, and other fields.

On this occasion, President Thuong invited President Putin to visit Vietnam and he accepted it and extended an invitation to President Thuong to visit Russia in the future.

The third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China, lasts from October 17 to 20.

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