President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Singaporean Ambassador Jaya Ratnam at the meeting on February 1. (Photo: VNA)
Nguyen Xuan Phuc received the ambassadors of Singapore and Egypt at separate
meetings in Hanoi on February 11.
Talking to Singaporean Ambassador Jaya
Ratnam, the State leader stressed that the two countries’ cooperation has been
thriving, especially in trade and investment, since his official visit as the
Prime Minister of Vietnam to the city state in April 2018.
Ambassador Jaya Ratnam noted though
2021 was a year full of difficulties for both countries and the world, the two
sides have sustained close relations as seen in high-level talks. Singapore’s
investment in Vietnam’s industrial parks topped 14 billion USD, and the two nations mutually supported in health care, including in COVID-19 vaccine and medical
He vowed utmost efforts to bolster
bilateral ties, particularly in economy, trade, investment, defence, and
Applauding the diplomat’s
determination, President Phuc spoke highly of the coordination among the countries’
agencies, ministries, and sectors to further intensify the Vietnam - Singapore
strategic partnership and work towards the 50th anniversary
of diplomatic ties in 2023.
He asked the two sides to maintain
all-level mutual visits, restore commercial flights, boost defence cooperation,
consider new cooperation areas like defence industry, search and rescue, and
promote collaboration in human resources development.
The host leader also thanked
Singapore for its precious and timely assistance for Vietnam in the pandemic
combat, calling for mutual recognition of “vaccine passports” and favourable
conditions for each other’s people and businesses to travel and do business.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Hassan Nayel on February 11. (Photo: VNA)
Meeting with outgoing Ambassador of
Egypt Mahmoud Hassan Nayel, President Phuc highly valued his guest’s contributions
to the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
He affirmed that Vietnam always
treasures the long-standing bilateral relations, noting even amid the COVID-19
pandemic, the countries have still enhanced ties in multiple fields, including
trade which rose from over 491 million USD in 2019 to 515 million USD in 2020. They
have also consistently supported each other at international and regional
Ambassador Mahmoud Hassan Nayel thanked
relevant agencies of Vietnam for their active support for his embassy to
fulfill duties, adding that he always views Vietnam as his second homeland.
He expressed his hope that in the
time to come, bilateral trade will continue to be fostered and high-level
mutual visits resumed.
Sharing the diplomat’s view on the huge potential of their countries’ cooperation,
President Phuc asked the two sides to increase high-level delegation exchanges
and meetings, as well as those between ministries, sectors, and enterprises to
They should also work together to fruitfully organise the 6th meeting of the Vietnam - Egypt Inter-governmental Committee in 2022; actively
carry out the signed agreements such as the investment facilitation and
protection agreement, the memorandum of understanding on rice trade between the
Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Egyptian Ministry of Supply
and Internal Trade, and the cooperation memorandum between the MoIT and the
Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; and step up partnerships
in education - training, tourism, and agriculture, according to the President.
He voiced his hope that after
returning to Egypt, Mahmoud Hassan Nayel will continue supporting the countries’
relations to develop in various spheres.
For his part, the Egyptian ambassador
pledged more dedication to bilateral ties, especially when his country is the
host of the UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP27), which will give both
sides many chances for stronger cooperation in the climate change issue./.