Vietnamese and Czech PMs speak of cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 | Politics
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis discussed relations between the two countries, in particular cooperation in COVID-19[female[feminine combat, during their online chats on August 9.
Chinh suggested that the Czech government transfer its unused vaccines to Vietnam, help it access other sources of vaccines as much and as soon as possible, and help the Southeast Asian nation with medical supplies.
In response, Babis said the Czech Republic was ready to support and cooperate with Vietnam in this regard, including the transfer of 500,000 doses of vaccine and a number of rapid test kits.
The Czech Republic will also call on other European countries to help Vietnam with COVID-19 vaccines like AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Sinopharm that are being used in the region.
The two PMs compared their notes on measures to lift the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries to a new summit in a more efficient manner.
They also agreed to hold meetings at all levels in a flexible manner depending on the actual situation.
On this occasion, Chinh invited the Babis to go to Vietnam as soon as possible. The Czech prime minister has said he wants to visit the country this year.
Regarding trade and investment relations, Chinh suggested that the two sides coordinate closely to maximize the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
The leaders agreed to step up cooperation in some priority areas such as the automotive industry, transport, education-training, national defense-security and sending Vietnamese nurses to work in the Czech Republic.
They also agreed to further facilitate the export of Vietnamese and agricultural products, especially seasonal fruits, to the Czech market and the EU as a whole.
A direct air route between Vietnam and Czech Republicwill be launched when possible, as agreed by the PMs.
Chinh thanked the Czech leaders and authorities at all levels for creating the conditions for the Vietnamese community to live and integrate into the host society.
Babis praised the active role of the Vietnamese community and expressed his hope that it will further contribute to bilateral friendship and cooperation.
The leaders agreed to further intensify cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums.
They also shared their views on some regional and international issues of common interest, including the issue of the East Sea. They stressed the need to ensure the safety, security and freedom of navigation and aviation in the waters, and to settle disputes by peaceful measures, in accordance with international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law. of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS of 1982) ./.