President welcomes new ambassadors
HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang gave separate receptions in the capital yesterday for six new ambassadors after receiving their credentials.
With Singaporean Ambassador Ng Teck Hean, Sang affirmed that Viet Nam always attaches importance to enhancing friendship and comprehensive cooperation with Singapore.
He spoke highly of the two countries' leaders' agreement in principal on ways to elevate bilateral ties towards a strategic partnership.
The President welcomed Singapore's supportive stance on the East Sea issue, proposing both sides co-ordinate at regional and international levels.
Ambassador Ng Teck Hean said Singaporean businesses have confidence in investing in Viet Nam and would continue expanding their business in the country.
Welcoming Gabon Ambassador Jean Robert Goulongana, the State leader expressed his hope that the Gabonese Republic would work as a bridge linking Viet Nam with the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).
He underlined that Viet Nam would exert efforts to help Gabon and other CEMAC members access the ASEAN market.
Ambassador Jean Robert Goulongana said he hoped the two countries would continue to discover new cooperative mechanisms to strengthen bilateral ties.
At a reception for Sierra Leone Ambassador Abubakarr Multi Kamara, the President affirmed Viet Nam's support for and cooperation with the country in many areas, including food security.
Ambassador Abubakarr Multi Kamara affirmed that his country will support Viet Nam's legitimate rights and interests.
While receiving Micronesian Ambassador Akilino Haris Susaia, Sang stressed that Viet Nam closely followed situations in the South Pacific and wanted to develop its friendship and diplomatic ties with Micronesia and island nations in the region.
The diplomat introduced his country's fishing potential, suggesting the Vietnamese agricultural sector cooperate in fishing tuna and exchanging farm produce with Micronesia.
For his part, Kazakh Ambassador Nurlan Yermekbayaev affirmed that during his working tenure he would work out specific initiatives to promote bilateral co-operation. He also said Kazakhstan looked forward to President Sang's forthcoming visit.
Talking with Azerbaijani Ambassador Latif Seyfaddin Oglu Gandilov, Sang said that the trade volume between Viet Nam and Azerbaijan had not yet matched the great potential of their economic ties.
The Azerbaijani Ambassador affirmed his country was willing to help Viet Nam in human resource training and cooperate in oil and gas exploitation.
He also proposed that the two countries sign a trade agreement and cooperation documents on the exchange of students. — VNS