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Vice President meets leaders to Francophone Summit
10-21-2008, 05:08 pm

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan conducted a host of bilateral meetings with leaders from other countries on the sidelines of the 12 th Francophone Summit in Quebec, Canada on Oct. 18.

Meeting with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, the Vice President expressed hopes that the King and the Cambodian Government would create favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to do business and invest in Cambodia on the basis of mutual benefit.

King Sihamoni said he was pleased with the growing friendship between the two countries and affirmed he will follow former King Norodom Sihanuk’s example and further foster and cement this bilateral fraternal friendship.

At her meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme on issues of mutual concerns, Madame Doan thanked the Belgian Government and people for their assistance, including aid for the development of education, science and technology, to the Vietnamese people.
Doan asked the Belgian Government to continue granting aid, especially university scholarships, to Vietnam.

The Belgian Prime Minister reiterated that his country attaches importance to Vietnam in its foreign policy, especially in issues relating to cooperation and development assistance.

On the day, Vice State President Doan also met with Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure and Guinean Prime Minister Lansana Kouyate, to whom she affirmed Vietnam is eager to boost cooperation with the two African countries and to send experts over to help them develop agriculture, health care and education.

The Malian and Guinean leaders said their countries need more help from Vietnam in the field of agriculture so that they are able to ensure food security in the future.

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