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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and Vietnam

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Egypt enjoys historical relations with Vietnam which goes back to the 1950s, when Vietnamese liberation front opened its office in Cairo, Egypt also among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1/9/1963.

Political Relations

Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations, both countries have been maintaining close and friendly relations, which are characterized by dialogue, and understanding, as well as bilateral cooperation and exchange of expertise in different fields and which are reflected through the exchange of high official visits, shared views and coordination in various regional and international forums.

The bilateral relations between the two countries have witnessed a great momentum during the last few years; these relations are defined by a number of mechanisms and frameworks.

Mutual Visits

In January 2010, Minister of Investment visited Vietnam. The visit witnessed the Egyptian- Vietnamese Businessmen Forum and the signature of the new memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of investment.

In November 2009, the Vietnamese Minister of Construction visited Egypt.

On August 5th-8th, 2009, a delegation from the Vietnamese Communist Party, headed by the Vice President of the Party's Foreign Relations Committee, visited Egypt. During the visit, the Head of Delegation met with his Egyptian counterpart from the former National Democratic Party, and discussed the means of reinforcing relations between the two parties. The meeting also witnessed exchange of views on regional and international issues of common concern, and focused on the situation in the Middle East. The delegation also met Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs.

In July 2009, the Vietnamese President visited Egypt and met with former President Mubarak on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Economic Relations

The volume of trade increased over the past few years till it reached about 200 million USD in 2009, taking into consideration that the last meeting of the joint committee put forward the Goal of reaching 500 million USD for the volume of trade.

There is also a big hope in fostering cooperation in fields of: fisheries, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and petroleum.

Contractual Framework

There are a lot of bilateral agreements signed between both sides covering various areas of bilateral cooperation, in fields of trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, and culture, taking into consideration that the last agreement signed by both sides was the agreement on Abolition of Visa Requirement for Diplomatic, Official, Service and Special Passports on 18/8/2010.

Cultural and Education Relations

The Egyptian side offers 10 scholarships for Vietnamese students to study Arabic, and also 5 scholarships in Al-Azhar University. In addition, there is also an Egyptian Professor from Al-Azhar University teaching Arabic language in the Arabic section.

Bilateral Consultations

The Bilateral Consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Fifth Rounds were held, the last of which was in February 2008.

The Joint Committee, fourth rounds were held with the last one in November 2008.

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