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Vietnam s President Looks to Strengthen Relations with Thailand Chile Cuba Russia

Vietnam's State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he expected to enhance cooperation between Vietnam and different countries during recent ambassador receptions.

Vietnam s President Looks to Strengthen Relations with Thailand Chile Cuba Russia

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Blankura. (Photo: VGP)

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 13 hosted receptions for Ambassadors of Thailand, Chile, Cuba, and Russia, who came to present their credentials.

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, according to VNA.

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker. (Photo: VGP)

Receiving Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker, the State leader stressed that Vietnam has always considered Chile a traditional close friend over the past five decades. He suggested the two countries cooperate to open doors for each other's agricultural products, and soon ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership CPTPP.

The President suggested that Chile cooperate with Vietnam in opening their markets for a number of agricultural products of each country such as rambutan and longan of Vietnam, and kiwi and pear of Chile. He also suggested that Chile soon ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Ambassador Becker assured his host that the relations between Chile and Vietnam would continue to develop strongly in the coming time. He noted that bilateral trade turnover still grew last year despite the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ambassador said he will try his best to further promote cooperation between the two countries during his working term in Vietnam.

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives Cuban Ambassador Orlando Nicolas Hermandez Guillen. (Photo: VGP)

At the reception for Cuban Ambassador Orlando Nicolas Hermandez Guillen, President Phuc said generations of Vietnamese leaders have always treasured the special relations with Cuba, Nhan Dan reported.

Phuc said he hoped for a phone talk with the 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. He used this occasion to thank Cuba for sending experts and Covid-19 drugs to Vietnam.

Vietnam and Cuba should work to ensure 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.

Russian ambassador Gennady Bezdetko presents his credentials to President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. (Photo: VOV)

Receiving Russian ambassador Gennady Bezdetko, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam attaches importance to strengthening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, VOV reported.

Vietnam considers Russia to be one of its key partners in its foreign policy and wants to increase cooperation in all areas with Russia, said Phuc.

He said he is delighted that the Russian Federation has over the years maintained political stability and socio-economic development, as well as consolidating its position as a great power in solving international and regional problems.

For his part, Ambassador Bezdetko affirmed Vietnam has always been a priority partner of the Russian Federation not only in Southeast Asia but also in the Asia-Pacific region. He said that he will make every effort during his term to promote multifaceted relations between the two sides.

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