FM Kotzias received by Vietnamese PM during visit to Vietnam

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on Monday received Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, currently on a visit to Vietnam. The Vietnamese premier expressed hope that Kotzias’ visit will be one more step toward improving bilateral relations between Vietnam and Greece.

Diplomatic sources said the Vietnamese premier referred to the importance resolving differences peacefully and of observing the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said he had instructed his cabinet to swiftly deal with issues relating to the signature of an agreement with Greece for avoiding double taxation and to encourage business ties between the two countries. Among others, he said it was important to facilitate trade transactions, imports and exports, noting the need to eradicate bureaucratic obstacles and ensure access to information.

Kotzias presented the Vietnamese premier with an invitation from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to visit Greece. The Greek minister highlighted the importance of an agreement for avoiding double taxation and to promote collaboration and the contractual framework in shipping cooperation. Kotzias noted that Greece could act as Vietnam’s gateway into the EU.