President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received ambassadors and chargés d'affaires of ASEAN member states in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi, (VNA) – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc
received ambassadors and chargés d'affaires of ASEAN member states in Hanoi on
April 13, as they came to congratulate him on his election as the President of Vietnam.
On behalf of the diplomats, Brunei Ambassador to Vietnam
Pengiran Haji Sahari bin Pengiran Haji Salleh praised Vietnam’s achievements in pandemic control and
socio-economic development in the past time.
He said he is confident that the country will continue
obtaining new achievements in the time to come and unceasingly elevating its
position on the regional and global stages.
Reviewing Vietnam’s achievements as Chair of ASEAN last
year, the diplomat lauded its significant contributions to building the ASEAN
Community, containing the pandemic, and expanding external relations.
He expressed his belief that President Phuc will
continue working to deepen the solidarity and cooperation within ASEAN and
Vietnam’s ties with other bloc members in contribution to regional and global
peace and stability.
In response, Phuc underscored that the participation in
ASEAN is always a priority in Vietnam's diplomacy and that the
friendship with bloc members has become the basis of Vietnam’s bilateral relations.
He stated the spirit of cohesive and proactive adaptation
has helped ASEAN to overcome difficulties last year, particularly amid the
negative impact of COVID-19 on the region’s socio-economic aspect.
Based on such spirit, he noted solidarity and cooperation
among member states as well as the promotion of ASEAN’s central role are key to
overcoming obstacles in building a strong and prosperous ASEAN Community.
He pledged to continue fostering Vietnam’s friendship and
close coordination with ASEAN countries, implementing the ASEAN Community
Vision 2025, and making contribution to sustainable development in Southeast
The State President also expressed his wish that the diplomats will continue promoting their important bridging role and making further contribution
to the promotion of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other ASEAN
He also took the occasion to send his greetings to Cambodia,
Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand on their traditional New Year festivals and to Muslim
countries in ASEAN on Ramadan./.