|President Truong Tan Sang receives US Ambassador Theodore G. Osius III in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday received newly-accredited ambassadors from the US, Panama and Qatar, who presented him with their credentials.
Meeting US Ambassador Theodore G. Osius III, the President said that Viet Nam attached high importance to the implementation of bilateral high-level agreements between the two countries.
He said hoped the two sides would continue removing obstacles in bilateral co-operation as well as in negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
President Sang thanked the US House of Representatives' resolution on the East Sea, opposing China's "nine-dash line", and said Viet Nam always welcomed visits from US parliamentarians.
The State leader also praised the US' move to open its door to a number of Vietnamese agricultural products from 2015, saying that it would promote economic and trade ties between the two countries.
The US ambassador said President Barack Obama highly valued ties with Viet Nam. He thanked Viet Nam for backing the Fulbright programme in Viet Nam, suggesting the country should continue supporting English teaching activities here.
He said he hoped both sides would continue their joint efforts for the early conclusion of TPP negotiations.
The 20th anniversary of the normalisation of bilateral relations in 2015 would be a good chance for Viet Nam and the US to boost partnership, he added.
During a meeting with Panamanian Ambassador Servio S. Samudio B, President Sang said their two-way trade of US$200 million was yet to match both sides' potential, suggesting the two countries work harder to raise it to a more impressive figure.
The ambassador said Panama would increase State visits to Viet Nam, and hoped to receive more Vietnamese Party, State and Government leaders, as well as businesses to the country.
Receiving Qatari Ambassador Abdulla Bin Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al Hamar, the State leader said sound political relations would enable the two countries to implement joint projects effectively, especially the Long Son refinery project in Viet Nam's Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.
Acknowledging Qatar's proposal for co-operation, he suggested that Qatar open a centre to introduce its culture and give vocational training in order to help Vietnamese workers understand more about the country.
The ambassador said Viet Nam could serve as a gateway for Qatar to Southeast Asia. — VNS