President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Blankura

At the meeting with Thai Ambassador Nikorndej Blankura, the President affirmed Vietnam always attaches importance to the enhanced strategic partnership between the two countries. He asked the ambassador to convey his thanks to the Thai King and Prime Minister for their support of major Thai businesses in making investing in Vietnam.

Phuc suggested the two nations further coordinate at the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, while working together to enhance cooperation and unity in ASEAN, and promote the centrality of ASEAN in regional matters, including those regarding the East Sea and the Mekong River’s water resources.

The Thai ambassador pledged efforts to raise trade revenue between the two countries to 25 billion USD by 2025, and to connect Vietnamese and Thai firms.

Receiving Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker, Phuc stressed that Vietnam has always considered Chile a traditional close friend over the past five decades.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker 

He suggested the two countries cooperate to open door for each other's agricultural products, and soon ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

At the reception for Cuban Ambassador Orlando Nicolás Hermández Guillén, the Vietnamese State leader said generations of Vietnamese leaders have always treasured the special relations with Cuba.

He said he hoped for a phone talk with First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel over the bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues of shared concern.

Phuc used this occasion to thank Cuba for sending experts and COVID-19 drugs to Vietnam.

Vietnam and Cuba should work to ensure the sustainability in their economic, trade and investment ties, he said, calling on the Cuban side to facilitate the investment of Vietnamese firms.

Vietnam stands ready to support and cooperate with Cuba to ensure food security, he added.

Phuc also affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance on backing Cuba and demanding an end to the embargo on the Caribbean country.  

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Cuban Ambassador Orlando Nicolás Hermández Guillén

The Cuban ambassador, for his part, noted his wish for more Vietnamese investments and cooperation with Vietnam in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. He also thanked Vietnam for its assistance in ensuring food security.

Meeting with Russian Ambassador Gennady Bezdetko, Phuc affirmed the importance Vietnam attaches to the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia.

Vietnam always regards Russia as a leading important partner in its foreign policy and wishes to beef up the bilateral collaboration across spheres, he said.

He called on Russia to help Vietnam early access Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine supplies and cooperate in vaccine production in Vietnam.

Vietnam always creates optimal conditions for Russian firms to operate in the Southeast Asian nation, Phuc pledged.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Russian Ambassador Gennady Bezdetko

The ambassador said Vietnam is a priority partner of Russia not only in Southeast Asia but also in Asia-Pacific, promising to make efforts to boost the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

He also thanked Vietnam for presenting medical supplies to Russia in the pandemic combat, and affirmed that Russia will further help with the transfer of technology of vaccine production to the country.

Source: VNA