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EC chief signals stronger ties on education, research

VietNamNet Bridge – President of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso arrived in the capital yesterday to start an official three-day visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Last night, Barroso and his host went to see the Europe Opera Gala cultural programme starring performers from the Association of South East Asia Nations and European Union at a municipal theatre in the capital.

The programme was held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between ASEAN and the EU and in honour of Barroso’s visit.

At a meeting on Monday with the Ambassador of Vietnam to the EU Nguyen Manh Dung, Banoso stated that Vietnam and the European Union (EU) should further develop their traditional ties and expand co-operation into fields such as education and scientific research.

Barroso also said he was honoured to be the first EC president to visit Vietnam and that the visit would be a chance for him to discuss bilateral co-operation and issues of common concert with Vietnamese leaders.

With high economic growth, political stability and successes in poverty reduction, Vietnam was becoming a model for many developing countries, he said.

(Source: Viet Nam News)

 
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