24 July 2014, Thursday, 12:31

Rustem Khamitov and Ambassador of Vietnam discussed bilateral cooperation

author: Bashinform News Agency | photo: Oleg Yarovikov

Rustem Khamitov held a meeting with a delegation of Vietnam headed by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Russia Pham Xuan Sean.

Issues of cooperation in oil refining and oil production, mechanical engineering, education and science were discussed. They also spoke about the establishment of close links between Bashkortostan and one of the most advanced provinces of Vietnam — Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the press service of the head of the region informs.

Rustem Khamitov said that for Bashkortostan "it is very important to establish strong inter-regional relations".

“Our business communities will not be able to establish a direct relationship without coordinating and organizing role of the provincial and republican governments. We should help the business. We need to organize it in such a way that businessmen will able to find their partners. Establishment of direct relationship between the republic and a province of Vietnam, of course, contributes to the development of new approaches to the relationship between our businesses. We definitely need to sign an agreement with the province of Vietnam. It will be necessary to determine a plan of joint activities, to form business groups, which would meet and identify options for interaction. We have a lot of joint activities with the province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau — it is oil production, oil refining, chemicals and other areas. And unfortunately, we will not have good progress until we get this work done. By "work" I mean the establishment of bilateral inter-regional communications, signing of relevant agreements between our republic and one of the provinces, Baria-Vung Tau may be one of them”, the head of the republic marked.

“We appreciate your interest and support of the situation in Vietnam. We fully agree with your opinion regarding cooperation, which coincides with the agreements between the top leaders of Vietnam and Russia. The President of Vietnam and the Russian President agree that under the comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia relations between the regions of two countries are of particular importance. The Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam welcomes and supports the establishment of links between the Republic of Bashkortostan and developing province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, which has a long tradition of cooperation with Russian partners. We have identified the main areas of our cooperation. This is co-operation in the field of economy, education and science, technology, tourism and culture. We believe that there is a huge potential and opportunities for cooperation between Vietnam as a whole and the province of Ba Ria Vung Tau with your republic. We do not compete, we complete each other”, the Vietnamese diplomat said.

During the meeting, the head of the delegation of the province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau handed over Rustem Khamitov an invitation from the President of the People's Committee of the province to visit Vietnam in the near future for signing a cooperation agreement and implementing specific arrangements.