|Turkish Ambassador to Việt Nam Akif Ayhan at a Tuesday press conference in Hà Nội. — VNS Photo Bích Hường|
HÀ NỘI — Despite similarities in social and family structures, Turkish and Vietnamese do not know each other’s cultural values well enough, Turkish Ambassador to Việt Nam Akif Ayhan remarked.
“We should promote reciprocal culture, tourism and business exchanges by easing visa restrictions to make travel in both directions smoother,” he said.
The ambassador spoke at a Tuesday press conference titled “Enterprising and humanitarian Turkish foreign policy and Turkey-Việt Nam co-operation,” one of the activities held to mark the 40th anniversary of opening diplomatic ties.
In her official visit to Turkey last week, Việt Nam’s National Assembly chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân refreshed bilateral relations and parliamentary exchange between the two countries, he said.
He said Turkey and Việt Nam have the political will to elevate relations through more frequent visits. He added that the official visit by former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım to Việt Nam last year constituted a milestone.
As economic dealings play a major role in the Turkey-Việt Nam partnership, Ambassador Ayhan said the two countries aim to increase their bilateral trade volume from the current level of US$3 billion to $4 billion by 2020.
Việt Nam’s exports account for most of the trade volume, with mobile phones, shoes, textiles and rubber making up the bulk of Turkey’s Vietnamese imports.
Turkey plans to increase export of agricultural products and chemicals to Việt Nam.
The ambassador said the countries had similar approaches to foreign policy and should support each other’s candidacies in international bodies. He said the countries should focus on boosting co-operation in trade, defence, peacekeeping, marine industry, tourism and education. — VNS