Friday, February 22, 2008

Finland pledges continued support to Vietnam




Finnish Prime Minister Tarja Halonen pledged to continue to support and assist Vietnam as her country always treasures Vietnam ’s position in the region and the world at large.

The visiting PM made the statement at a reception given by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh in Hanoi on February 21.

She also expected Vietnam-Finland friendship and cooperation would further develop.

Being the first Finland’s state leader to pay an official visit to Vietnam , the PM spoke highly of Vietnam ’s achievements in the renovation process, especially in economic development, hunger eradication and poverty reduction.

Meanwhile, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh stressed that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam the country is boosting the on-going renewal process, and trying its best to build a socialism-oriented market economy.

The Party leader also expected more Finland’s support to Vietnam in the international arena and effective assistance in economic development, particularly in energy, afforestration, education and training. (VNA)