Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at the meeting with Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Ho Chi Minh City, February 25, 2019
Comrade Nguyen Thien Nhan,
We are grateful for this opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City and for the fruitful and warm talks we have held.
We regularly exchange visits by top and high-level delegations. Last year, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong visited Russia, and Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev as well as State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin visited Vietnam. We look forward to a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Speaker of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan this year.
When President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang visited Russia in 2017, our leaders reached an agreement on holding the Year of Russia in Vietnam and the Year of Vietnam in Russia, which you have mentioned. The programme of this event includes dozens of undertakings, from cultural, academic and education exchanges to investment projects.
We are working hard to strengthen our trade and economic cooperation. Several Russian companies are working in Vietnam, and the Rusvietpetro Joint Venture is active in Russia. In addition to hydrocarbon projects, we are also implementing a promising project to build a nuclear science and technology centre in Dong Nai.