|State President Truong Tan Sang receives the Governor of St Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — State President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Ha Noi yesterday for Governor of St Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko.
He underlined the traditional relationship between Viet Nam and Russia, saying that the two countries already have a comprehensive strategic partnership with a high level of political trust.
The leader applauded St Petersburg's economic strengths as well as its efforts to promote cooperative ties with HCM City, Ha Noi and other locations of Viet Nam.
He stressed that, as an economic, tourism and cultural centre of Russia, St Petersburg should discuss ways to fully tap its potential in order to step up co-operation with its Vietnamese partners in accordance with the expectations of senior leaders of both nations.
Governor Poltavchenko also emphasised the time-honoured relations between Russia and Viet Nam as well as between St Petersburg and Vietnamese locations.
He said this year marks the 10th anniversary of the twin relationship between St Petersburg and HCM City so the delegation's ongoing visit aims to further boost economic ties between the two cities.
Entrepreneurs joining the delegation will attend a business forum with their local counterparts to seek partnerships in the fields of energy, hi-tech industry and healthcare. St Petersburg also hopes to attract more visitors from HCM City. — VNS