Vietnamese, Chilean Parties Strengthen Cooperation

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Communist Party of Chile exchanged information and experience in different spheres at an online workshop on August 6.
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Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung briefed the Chilean side on the outcome of the 13th National Party Congress and the country’s development targets by 2030 with a vision towards 2045, Vietnam Plus reported.

He affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, and the diversification and multilateralisation of foreign relations.

Vietnamese, Chilean Parties Strengthen Cooperation
Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Le Hoai Trung (Photo: VNA)

The CPV always wishes to boost and deepen the solidarity and traditional friendship with the Communist Party of Chile as well as other political Parties in the country, Trung said.

Claudio de Negri, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Chile and head of the committee’s Commission for External Relations, expressed his hope that under the sound leadership of the CPV, headed by General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnamese people will successfully implement the Resolution adopted at the 13th National Party Congress.

The Communist Party of Chile, progressive forces and people in the Latin American country always attach importance and wish to enhance the traditional friendship and cooperation with the Vietnamese Party and people, he said.

The two sides shared experience in Party building, democracy practice, socio-economic development and international integration, and proposed specific measures to foster their ties in the time to come.

Vietnamese, Chilean Parties Strengthen Cooperation

At the workshop (Photo: VNA)

In an interview in March with VNA, Charge d’affaires ad interim Gonzalo Guaiquil at the Chilean Embassy stressed the historical relations between the two nations, which were founded and developed by Vietnamese President Hồ Chí Minh and Chilean President Salvador Allende.

A trip to Việt Nam in May 1969 - when Việt Nam was fighting a fierce war against the US imperialists - had a huge impact on Allende, who served as President of the Chilean Senate at that time, and he decided to establish diplomatic relations with this Southeast Asian country when he became President of Chile, opening a new chapter in bilateral ties.

Both nations have enjoyed stronger bonds in recent times thanks to economic co-operation, long-lasting friendship and mutual understanding between the people of Chile and Việt Nam, the diplomat added.

According to Guaiquil, Chile was the first American nation to ink a free trade deal with Việt Nam, and this was an important milestone in trade and investment ties between the two sides.

Vietnamese, Chilean Parties Strengthen Cooperation

Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (right) receives Chilean President Sebastián Piñerat in Hà Nội in 2017. (Photo: VNA)

Expressing his delight at opportunities the free trade agreement (FTA) has brought to both nations, he said trade in goods between Việt Nam and Chile exceeded the US$1 billion benchmark in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, up more than 1 per cent year-on-year.

The figure is a vivid illustration of the developed trade ties between the two nations, even when the global economy is facing formidable challenges, he said.

Since Việt Nam was among few countries achieving positive economic growth in 2020, it is an attractive destination for Chilean investors, he said. The diplomat also commended the Vietnamese Government’s efforts and measures to prevent the pandemic.

Chile was one of the very first nations to recognise Việt Nam's market economy. Both sides signed the FTA on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Hawaii, the US, in November 2011. The deal came into force on January 1, 2014, marking the substantial development in trade relations between the two countries.

Guaiquil said Chile wants to boost trade ties with Việt Nam, particularly the trading in Chilean wine and cherries, and Vietnamese tropical fruits.

Additionally, Việt Nam and Chile’s co-operation has been expanded to culture, politics and tourism. The visa exemption agreement signed in 2016 has facilitated the travel of citizens of both nations to enhance exchanges and better their mutual understanding, he said.

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