|Kazakh Ambassador to Vietnam Beketzhan Zhumakhanov hoists Kazakh flag at the opening ceremony of the new embassy. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Kazakhstan officially opened its Embassy in Ha Noi on March 30, looking toward it helping promote ties between the two countries.
Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son addressed the event, lauding the activity as a step forwards in bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the Kazakh Parliament's Lower House Zhakupov Kabibolla Kabenovich said Kazakhstan and Viet Nam have coordinated closely in the United Nations framework and Asian co-operation mechanisms, as well as at other international organisations and forums.
The opening of the Kazakh Embassy in Ha Noi reflects strong desires of both sides in expanding their partnership cross the board, stated Kabenovich, who is in Hanoi to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
It also constitutes the special friendship, trust, and partnership between the two countries, he added.
According to Kazakh Ambassador to Viet Nam Beketzhan Zhumakhanov, Viet Nam and Kazakhstan have enjoyed a sound relationship, especially in politics, evidenced by the exchange of regular meetings as well as support they have given each other at regional and international forums.
The Kazakh Embassy, the first in Viet Nam since the two countries set up their diplomatic ties in 1992, is expected to push for stronger cooperation between the two countries, especially in economy and trade.
Two-way trade between the two countries rose to US$247 million in 2014 from $231 million in 2013, the Ambassador reported, but noting the figure remains below the two countries' partnership potential.
He revealed that speeding up the signing of a free trade deal between the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union and Viet Nam is among the tasks assigned to him during the Viet Nam tenure.
The diplomat also said many Kazakh businesses are interested in exploring partnership opportunities in Viet Nam, which could be brought by accelerated economic restructuring in the country. — VNS