President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Ambassador of South Africa Vuyiswa Tulelo

Meeting with Ambassador of South Africa Vuyiswa Tulelo, President Phuc expressed his belief that she will contribute to promoting the bilateral ties, especially the organization of activities marking the 30th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.

Vietnam always attaches importance to the traditional friendship with South Africa and regards the country as an important cooperation and development partner in the continent, he affirmed.

The President urged the diplomat to coordinate with Vietnamese agencies to step up the exchange of delegations, especially at the high level, through Party, State and National Assembly channels.

Vietnam stands ready to support South Africa to enhance cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he said, calling for South Africa’s support and close coordination in promoting the relations between Vietnam and Africa.

South Africa is Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in Africa with two-way trade reaching 1.3 billion USD in 2021, according to the State leader.

He suggested the two countries strengthen cooperation by diversifying the structure and scale of goods, increasing products with high values and creating favorable conditions for businesses to boost exchanges and seek trade and investment cooperation opportunities.

Along with collaboration in major areas like industry, agriculture and national defense-security, the two sides should foster cooperation in education-training, tourism, culture and climate change response.

For her part, Tulelo pledged to tighten bilateral political - diplomatic ties and beef up cooperation in economy, trade, national defense-security, education and people-to-people exchange, while promoting the image of the two countries to their people.

At a reception for Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy

At a reception for Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Ismaeil A.Dahlwy, President Phuc stressed that Saudi Arabia is one of Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partners in the Middle East, and called on the diplomat to work to raise bilateral trade to 10 billion USD.

He said trade promotion should be intensified to facilitate the access of the two countries’ products to each other’s markets. 

Vietnam hoped that Saudi Arabia will soon remove the ban on importing aquatic products, President Phuc said, pledging to facilitate operations of Saudi Arabia investors in the country.

He also urged the two sides to review and accelerate the negotiations and signing of cooperation documents, especially agreements on investment promotion and protection and crime combat, and improve the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms like the joint committee and political consultation.

The ambassador noted positive developments of the bilateral cooperation in economy and trade, and promised to make every effort to forge the relations between the two countries.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) receives Ambassador of Belgium.

At a meeting with Ambassador of Belgium Karl Hendrik Margareta Van Den Bossche, President Phuc emphasized that Vietnam attaches importance to its relations with Belgium as well as cooperation with the European Union (E.U.) and its member countries.

The President suggested Belgium create favorable conditions for Vietnamese agricultural products to enter the country and the retail system in Europe, and urged the Belgian parliament to soon ratify the E.U.-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) and the European Commission (E.C.) to remove its “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese seafood.

The two countries should enhance cooperation in green agriculture, renewable energy, digital economy, green economy and personnel training, he continued.

Belgium is Vietnam’s sixth largest importer in Europe with two-way trade hitting 4.3 billion USD last year, up 54% year-on-year, and Belgium’s foreign direct investment (FDI) standing at 1.1 billion USD, President Phuc said, asking the ambassador to pay heed to boosting the trade ties.

For his part, the ambassador said Belgium wants to closely cooperate with Vietnam in education-training, saying the sharing of experience in wind power and green agriculture would help Vietnam achieve the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

With its advantages in seaports, Belgium expects to cooperate with Vietnam to help Vietnamese goods further penetrate into the European market, he said.

The diplomat noted his hope for cooperation opportunities in health care and pharmacy, and promised to foster the bilateral collaboration across fields.

Source: VNA