The search and rescue team of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) return from Turkey in February, concluding its working trip to join recovery efforts in the earthquake-hit nation. 

He made the statement in a recent interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in southern Europe on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries (June 7).

According to the ambassador, the year 2017 marked a historic milestone in the two countries’ trade as two-way trade hit 3.2 billion USD, making Vietnam the second largest partner of Turkey in ASEAN after Malaysia.

The COVID-19 pandemic has partly affected the two countries' trade activities with the two-way trade reaching about 1.65 billion USD in 2022. However, it remains a bright spot in the two countries’ relations, Hai said.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Turkey Do Son Hai (Photo: vovo.vn)

Regarding the potential for further cooperation between the two countries in the coming time, Ambassador Hai underlined the great possibility of expanding and improving the effectiveness of cooperation in trade.

Businesses of the two countries are increasingly interested in each other in fields, especially agriculture, and tourism, he said.

Bilateral trade turnover is the clearest evidence of the development potential of the Vietnam-Turkey relations, he said, citing data from the Vietnam General Department of Customs that in the first four months of 2023 , Vietnamese exports to Turkey had reached 642.34 million USD, a year-on-year increase of 29.7%.

A favorable factor for the strengthening of bilateral relations is that national carrier Turkish Airlines, the 7th largest airline in the world in 2022, now opens direct flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Istanbul, with seven flights per week, he added.

The diplomat went on to say the two countries aim to increase two-way trade to 4 billion USD by 2025.

At international organizations and multilateral forums, the potential for cooperation between the two countries remains huge.

Regarding activities celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Turkey, Ambassador Hai said that in 2023, the embassy has been actively coordinating with the foreign ministry, organizations, agencies, and businesses of Turkey to organize events such as Vietnam Day in Ankara, fairs in localities to introduce development stages of their bilateral relations, documentaries on 45 years of Vietnam – Turkey aired by two national television stations, Vietnam Television VTV and TRT of Turkey.

The Ambassador concluded that to promote the development of bilateral ties, the two countries need to boost activities to present their nations, peoples, and markets, and create conditions for the two countries' businesses to access each other's market, as well as accelerate the establishment of Vietnam-Turkey joint venture companies.

In additional, the two countries need to promote the organization of the 8th session of the Vietnam-Turkey Joint Economic and Trade Committee, he said. The seventh session was held in Hanoi in July, 2017.

Source: VNA