Vietnam, Mexico strengthen cooperation
AsemconnectVietnam - Former Vietnamese ambassador to Mexico Le Thanh Tung and Tabasco Governor Arturo Nunez Jimenez expressed their desire to seek opportunities to expand bilateral cooperation among localities of both nations, especially in advantageous areas.
At a working session in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on May 12, Governor Jimenez highlighted the ambassador’s visit to Tabasco, expressing his hope to establish heightened cooperative relations for mutual benefits and singling out similarities in climate which he says lays a solid foundation to promote cooperation, especially in the field of agriculture.The Governor said that Vietnam’s localities have had experiences in rice production and aquaculture which Tabasco needs to restore its traditional agricultural sector. He also briefed on some projects on rice production, banana cultivation and called for foreign investment and technical assistance from Vietnam.For his part, Ambassador Tung reviewed Vietnam’s economic achievements, stressing that two-way trade between Vietnam and Mexico surpassed US$1.6 billion over the past year. This provides a solid basis from which to build future cooperative relations among localities of Vietnam and Tobasco, he said.The ambassador invited the Governor to visit Vietnam to strengthen bilateral relations and seek proper areas for cooperation for mutual benefits.After the reception, in response to questions by the local press, Ambassador Tung mentioned China’s deployment of oil rig Ocean-981 in Vietnam’s economic exclusive zone and continental shelf, which has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereign.The ambassador described the incident as a serious violation of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the East Sea and says he considers it a dangerous precedent which threatens the peace, stability, security and safety of navigation in the East Sea.