President welcomes three ambassadors
HA NOI— President Nguyen Minh Triet received credentials from newly appointed ambassadors of Italy, the United Kingdom and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea yesterday.
Talking with Italian ambassador Enzo Angeloni after the presentation, President Triet said he wanted the two countries to continue implementing concrete measures to develop co-operation.
He expressed delight over the development of Viet Nam-Italy relations, especially over the agreements made after the Italian President's official visit to Viet Nam at the end of last year.
Ambassador Anzo Angeloni pledged that the Italian Government would speed up co-operation and support Viet Nam's development by transferring new technologies.
He suggested the two countries strengthen the exchange of high-ranking delegations and agreed to try his best to increase economic and trade co-operation as well as introduce Italian culture to Vietnamese.
At the meeting with the UK Ambassador Antony Stockes, President Triet also agreed to speed up trade and investment co-operation.
Triet said Viet Nam and the UK needed to focus on other key areas such as official development assistance and education.
He said he was delighted at the development in Viet Nam-UK relations, especially at the recent signing of a joint declaration to establish Viet Nam-UK strategic partnership.
Ambassador Antony Stockes expressed desires to use the strategic partnership as a foundation to strengthen and consolidate co-operation. He emphasised the need to take full advantage of the countries' potential.
President Triet stressed that Viet Nam and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK, had long-standing relations during a meeting with DPRK ambassador Kim Chang II after the presentation.
He said the Vietnamese Government and people would try their best to maintain this solidarity and friendship.
The president said that Viet Nam was also interested in the Korean Peninsula issues and wanted to reach peace and stability.
Viet Nam was always a faithful friend of the Korean people and believed that the DPRK would overcome difficulties to build a strong country and a comfortable life for its people, said Triet.
In reply, DPRK ambassador Kim confirmed the Korean Party and Government's policy to continue developing traditional solidarity and friendship with Viet Nam.
He said the DPRK had highly valued Viet Nam's increasingly valuable position in the international arena, especially after the country successfully organised the 17th ASEAN Summit. — VNS