By Valentin Adashkin: Belarus considers Vietnam its most important partner in South East Asia. This was stated today by President Alexander Lukashenko at the talks with the President of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang. Alexander Lukashenko noted that Belarus, as well as Vietnam, is conducting socially-oriented policies aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens. The positions of the two countries on most issues on the international agenda are absolutely identical. Alexander Lukashenko believes that the country has huge reserves for further development of relations. First of all, it refers to trade and economic sphere
Truong Tan Sang, President of Vietnam: "Belarus has continued its path of development. I firmly believe that the Belarusian people will achieve new successes in socio-economic development that will help to improve people's lives and improve the position of Belarus in Europe and in the international arena ".
And today, in the presence of the two presidents, Belarus and Vietnam have signed a program of cooperation in the economic, scientific, educational and cultural spheres for 2016 - 2018. Following the talks, Alexander Lukashenko and Truong Tan Sang made a joint statement on strengthening and comprehensive development of relations between the countries. In particular, Belarus suggests Vietnam to intensify cooperation in the petrochemical industry and its participation in exploration and mining. But the main task is to bring the trade turnover between the countries up to half a billion dollars.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus regards Vietnam as a base in Southeast Asia, which will promote cooperation with other countries in the region.
The program of the visit Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnam is full of meetings. Belarusian President also held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The Head of State laid a wreath at the Monument of Fallen Heroes. This is a national memorial in honor of soldiers-heroes who gave their lives for the independence of Vietnam in all armed conflicts. Alexander Lukashenko laid a wreath at Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the first President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Belarus and Vietnam signed a number of intergovernmental agreements on cooperation in economy, science, education and culture. The academies of science of both countries signed a road map of cooperation.
The state visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Vietnam opened a new era in the development of relations between two countries.