The two sides had talks in the Kazakhstani Capital of Astana on the same day.
On behalf of the high-level delegation of the MPS, Minister To Lam thanked Mr. Karim Massimov and the Kazakhstani officials for their warm reception.
Minister To Lam emphasized that the Government and people of Vietnam are always grateful to the Government and people of Kazakhstan for their valuable supports and assistance for the Vietnamese struggles for national liberation and unification in the past as well as the current national construction and defense. He said that Vietnam always attaches great importance to cementing the traditional friendship with Kazakhstan, and considers Kazakhstan an important partner in Central Asia. He affirmed that Vietnam is willing to be a bridge to connect Kazakhstan to ASEAN.
In 2017, both countries hosted various activities to observe the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (June 29, 1992). These included the first official visit by the Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Kazakhstan in October 2017, and the event “Vietnam Cultural Days in Kazakhstan” in September 2017. The implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union has brought about initial good outcomes to the two countries’ trade cooperation. Particularly, the two-way trade turnover between the two countries doubled last year, the fastest growth in comparison with the remaining member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.
At the talk, the two sides exchanged views on international and regional issues, as well as discussed the mission of ensuring national security and order in each country.
Within the framework of the visit, Minister To Lam and his entourage visited the National Museum of Kazakhstan and the Liberary of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.