President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the delegation of the Cuban Embassy (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on
July 13 hosted receptions for Ambassadors of Thailand, Chile, Cuba and Russia,
who came to present their credentials.
At the meeting with Thai Ambassador Nikorndej Blankura,
the President affirmed Vietnam always attaches importance to the enhanced
strategic partnership between the two countries. He asked the ambassador to convey his thanks to the
Thai King and Prime Minister for their support of major Thai businesses in making investing in
Phuc suggested the two nations further coordinate at the
United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, while working together to
enhance cooperation and unity in ASEAN, and promote the centrality of ASEAN in regional matters,
including those regarding the East Sea and the Mekong River’s water resources.
The Thai ambassador pledged efforts to raise trade revenue
between the two countries to 25 billion USD by 2025, and to connect Vietnamese and Thai firms.
Receiving Chilean Ambassador Patricio Becker, Phuc
stressed that Vietnam has always considered Chile a traditional close friend over
the past five decades.
He suggested the two countries cooperate to open door
for each other's agricultural products, and soon ratify the Comprehensive
and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
At the reception for Cuban Ambassador Orlando Nicolás
Hermández Guillén, the Vietnamese State leader said generations of Vietnamese leaders have always
treasured the special relations with Cuba.
He said he hoped for a phone talk with First Secretary of the
Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of Cuba Miguel
Diaz-Canel over the bilateral relations, as well as regional and international
issues of shared concern.
Phuc used this occasion to thank Cuba for sending
experts and COVID-19 drugs to Vietnam.
Vietnam and Cuba should work to ensure the
sustainability in their economic, trade and investment ties, he said, calling
on the Cuban side to facilitate the investment of Vietnamese firms.
Vietnam stands ready to support and cooperate with
Cuba to ensure food security, he added.
Phuc also affirmed Vietnam’s consistent stance on backing
Cuba and demanding an end to the embargo on the Caribbean country.
The Cuban ambassador, for his part, noted his wish for
more Vietnamese investments and cooperation with Vietnam in pharmaceuticals and
healthcare. He also thanked Vietnam for its assistance in ensuring food
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Russian Ambassador Gennady Bezdetko (Photo: VNA)
Meeting with Russian Ambassador Gennady Bezdetko, Phuc
affirmed the importance Vietnam attaches to the comprehensive strategic
partnership with Russia.
Vietnam always regards Russia as a leading important
partner in its foreign policy and wishes to beef up the bilateral collaboration
across spheres, he said.
He called on Russia to help Vietnam early access Sputnik
V COVID-19 vaccine supplies and cooperate in vaccine production in Vietnam.
Vietnam always creates optimal conditions for Russian
firms to operate in the Southeast Asian nation, Phuc pledged.
The ambassador said Vietnam is a priority partner of
Russia not only in Southeast Asia but also in Asia-Pacific, promising to make
efforts to boost the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.
He also thanked Vietnam for presenting medical
supplies to Russia in the pandemic combat, and affirmed that Russia will further help with the transfer of technology of vaccine production to the country./.