Vietnam values multifaceted cooperation with Hungary: President
|President Nguyen Xuan Phu (right) and Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Ory Csaba. Photo: VOV|
Vietnam always attaches importance to and wishes to strengthen multifaceted cooperation with Hungary – its first comprehensive partner among traditional friends in Central Eastern Europe, affirmed President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at his reception for outgoing Hungarian Ambassador Ory Csaba in Hanoi on July 28
Lauding the diplomat’s excellent tenure and positive contributions to bilateral ties, the President said the Vietnamese State’s friendship order bestowed upon him was to acknowledge such distinct services.
Vietnam and Hungary share a traditional friendship and good multifaceted cooperation with a history of over seven decades, Phuc said, commending positive progress recorded in the ties in the past, particularly via regular meetings and interactions between leaders of the two countries.
The State, Government and people of Vietnam always remember Hungary's valuable support for Vietnam in its causes of revolution and national construction, he said, adding that the two nations have supported each other both bilaterally and multilaterally at international forums.
Phuc thanked Hungary for its prompt aid of 265,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine and related medical equipment, active support for the signing of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
He also appreciated Hungary’s commitment of 440 million EUR in preferential loans for Vietnam and 200 scholarships for Vietnamese students per year.
The president informed his guest that Vietnam is also facilitating the early establishment of a Hungarian community and cultural center in Hanoi.
For his part, Ory Csaba stated Vietnam is Hungary's most important partner in the region and the friendly relationship between the two countries has been close for a long period of time.
Expressing his gratitude for the assistance he received in Vietnam during his tenure, the diplomat vowed to further make a contribution to the growth of bilateral relations in the future.
Mr. Ory Csaba was presented the Friendship Order by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on July 27 for his active contribution in the past seven years as the Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam in developing the Vietnam-Hungary Comprehensive Partnership.
He was also presented the Medal "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" by Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) on July 28.
Hungary - Vietnam relations
On Feb 3, 1950 Hungary and Vietnam established diplomatic relations which marked a connection between East-Central Europe and Southeast Asia. Both countries had been in the Eastern Bloc and Hungary supported North Vietnam during the Vietnam War in accordance with the bipolar world order.
After 1989, the Hungarian government transitioned into democracy and capitalism, while Vietnam continued to embrace a Socialist ideology. Since then, despite the differences in political systems, leaders from both sides have still maintained excellent relations.
As well as upgrading bilateral ties to Strategic Partnership in 2018, both countries are seeking to develop and extend their relations. The presentation will examine the relations between Hungary and Vietnam in the last 70 years in terms of diplomacy, economy, education, and people-to-people relations; and it also tries to give some assessments and suggestions for furthering bilateral cooperation.
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