Thiep said as marine-based economies, Vietnam and Portugal held the first exchange more than 500 years ago and bilateral ties have grown since Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit in June 2015, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh’s visit in May 2017 and Vietnam’s visit by Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Teresa Ribeiro in November 2017.

New Vietnamese Ambassador to Portugal Nguyen Thiep (L) presents credentials to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

He wished to witness new developments of the two countries’ friendship within bilateral and multilateral framework, particularly facilitating high-level visits and promoting exchange between the two countries’ business community.

The Portuguese President said he will visit Vietnam soon and expressed his belief that the visit will open up a new development period for bilateral ties.

He wished that Ambassador Thiep would fulfill his assigned tasks and regularly visit and work in Portugal.

Source: VNA