A solid foundation for the development of relations of friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation was laid during the official visit of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Vietnam in March 1996. Over the years, the members of the Parliament and government of Vietnam paid several visits in our country.
Since 2007, the foreign ministries of the two countries have been holding political consultations, the last 4th round of which was held in March 2014 in Hanoi.
Our countries successfully cooperate within international bodies, particularly within the UN and its agencies. Being an active participant of the Bangkok Treaty, or the Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty, Hanoi with special enthusiasm supported the official initiative of Tashkent on the establishment of such a zone in Central Asia.
Overall, 20 documents were signed between the two countries over the past years, regulating relations in the spheres of trade and investment, taxation, aviation, science and culture, tourism and other areas. Intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation has been established to boost bilateral ties. In December 2013, Hanoi hosted the sixth meeting of this Commission, the participants of which expressed a mutual intention to boost trade and economic cooperation.
There are 19 enterprises with the participation of Vietnamese investors operating in our country, 3 of them with 100% foreign capital. They operate in the fields of textile production, trade and service. The largest Vietnamese oil and Gas Corporation PetroVietnam is conducting exploration work in the Ustyurt region of the country.
Despite the geographical distance, Uzbekistan and Vietnamese have shown great interest in the study of the rich cultural heritage of the two peoples. Thus, since December 1995, the Friendship Society "Vietnam-Uzbekistan", whose leaders visited our country in 2006 and 2008. In turn, masters of arts of Uzbekistan are frequent guests and participants of cultural events held in Vietnam. In particular, they took an active part in the celebrations dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of Hanoi in September-October 2010. In addition, in September 2012, Tashkent hosted the Days of Vietnamese culture with the participation of Deputy Minister of culture, sports and the country's tourism Le Khanh Hai.
Cooperation is steadily expanding between higher educational and research institutions of Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
The fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and Vietnam in various fields is developing consistently in benefit of both countries and peoples. We are confident that the parties will continue to actively seize new opportunities and prospects for even more active cooperation on a mutually beneficial basis.