Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Vietnam, Central African Republic establish diplomatic ties

HANOI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam and the Central African Republic have officially established diplomatic ties, the Vietnam News Agency reported here on Monday.

    A joint statement was signed by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, and Central African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and Francophone Affairs Dieudonne Kombo-Yaya in Hanoi on Monday.

    At earlier talks, the two FMs placed great value on the establishment of Vietnam-Central African Republic diplomatic ties, describing the move as a turning point in bilateral relations.

    They expressed their determination to further develop bilateral relations for their people and for peace, stability, cooperation and development, both regionally and globally, the agency reported.

    Khiem affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance to developing friendship and mutually-beneficial cooperation with African nations, including the Central African Republic.

    The Central African Republic Foreign Minister said that, within the framework of his country's South-South cooperation program, top priority is given to promoting friendship and cooperation with Vietnam in the Asian region.

    He affirmed that as an agriculture-driven country, the Central African Republic would love the sharing of experiences in coffee plantation, rice farming, and aquaculture with Vietnam.

    The Central African Republic is also eager to cooperate with Vietnam in the fields of energy, textile and garments, footwear, and pharmacy, the foreign minister added.