Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh (R) and Mr. David Oâ€™Sullivan, Ha Noi, March 26, 2014 - Photo: VGP/Hai Minh
Deputy PM Minh made the proposal on Wednesday in Ha Noi while receiving Mr. David Oâ€™Sullivan, the Chief Operating Officer of the European Union's diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service.
According to Mr. Minh, Viet Nam hopes that the EU would early ratify the EU-Viet Nam Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and recognize the Southeast Asian country as a market economy.
Viet Nam said Deputy PM Minh attaches importance to the ties with the EU and treasured the donor country for increasing official development assistance (ODA) in the 2014-2020 period.
Mr. David Oâ€™Sullivan took the occasion to report the host leader about the outcomes of the third deputy minister-level political consultation between Viet Nam and the EU.
He also reaffirmed the commitment to coordinate with Viet Nam to finalize the negotiations for the EVFAT in 2014./.