|President Truong Tan Sang meets with Algerian Ambassador Mohamed Berrah in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) – President Truong Tan Sang hosted receptions for newly-accredited ambassadors to Viet Nam from Russia, Algeria, Brazil and Peru yesterday in Ha Noi.
Welcoming Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov, Sang highlighted the two countries' recent political trust, built on ties developed over the past 65 years.
He said he hoped for the early signing of a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, which is expected to raise bilateral trade over the current level, US$10 billion.
Vnukov said he would help further bilateral collaboration in wide-ranging fields such as trade, oil and gas, nuclear power and military engineering.
While meeting with Algerian Ambassador Mohamed Berrah, Sang recommended the two countries review signed agreements to increase bilateral trade, which is currently worth about $300 million.
Berrah said the two sides should work together to boost trade, open direct flights and launch cultural weeks in the respective societies.
Receiving Brazilian Ambassador Marco Antonio, President Sang affirmed that Viet Nam places importance on its co-operation with Brazil.
The two countries enjoy sound political ties and have huge potential for wider economic and tourism-based co-operation, he said.
Antonio said Brazil considers Viet Nam one of its most important partners in Asia, and vowed to double his efforts to step up collaboration on trade, investment and tourism.
Receiving Oscar Berninzon, the first Peruvian Ambassador to Viet Nam, the President said the early establishment of an inter-governmental mechanism between the two countries will increase bilateral trade, currently worth $300 million.
The move also aims to expand bilateral co-operation in various fields, such as garments, agriculture and telecommunication, Berninzon said, noting that Petro Viet Nam and the military-run Viettel are operating in his country.
Sang said he hoped Peru would support Viet Nam in its goal of becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure. — VNS