Receiving Moroccan Ambassador Azzeddiine Farhane, he voiced his belief that the country will obtain significant achievements in national development under the leadership of King Mohammed VI and the new government.
Wishing Morocco successful organisation of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, he said Vietnam wants to join the international community in strengthening cooperation to mitigate natural disaster risks and cope with climate change.
|President Tran Dai Quang and Japanese Ambassador Kunio Umeda.
He welcomed the fact that Morocco has become one of the first African and Arabian nations to ink the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) with ASEAN.
He thanked the country for supporting Vietnam at international forums, asking both sides to continue close coordination at international and regional forums, especially within the framework of the UN, the International Organisation of La Francophonie, and the Non-Aligned Movement.
President Quang said he hopes Morocco will support Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General in the 2017-2021 tenure.
Regarding economic, trade and investment partnerships, he asked the new ambassador to enhance information exchanges between the two business circles, work towards the formation of a joint business council, increase financial and banking cooperation, and step up trilateral cooperation mechanisms.
For his part, Ambassador Azzeddiine Farhane said there remains huge cooperation potential for the two countries. He expressed belief that Vietnam and Morocco can become gateways for each other to expand collaboration with Southeast Asian and African nations.
He vowed utmost efforts to develop bilateral ties while emphasising Morocco’s support to Vietnam at international forums and organisations such as the candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General and the non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council for the 2020-2121 tenure.
At a meeting with Japanese Ambassador Kunio Umeda, the Vietnamese leader said the two countries’ extensive strategic partnership is growing strongly, comprehensively and substantively, as seen through the high political trust and increasing cooperation in economics, security-defence, agriculture, and between localities.
He hoped with his experience, the diplomat will help to bolster bilateral ties in all spheres, thereby benefiting both countries and contributing to regional peace, stability, cooperation and development.
The ambassador should pay attention to promoting the Japanese Government’s provision of ODA for Vietnam, and the implementation of action programmes of the six prioritised sectors in Vietnam’s industrialisation strategy as part of the Vietnam-Japan cooperation framework.
Kunio Umeda should also work to beef up cooperation and mutual support on issues of common concern and at regional and international forums, and to popularise images of each country’s people, culture and arts, President Quang said.
The newly-accredited ambassador said the Japanese Emperor and Queen want to strengthen relations with Vietnam. He added Japan is ready to coordinate with the Southeast Asian nation to successfully organise the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2017.
Meanwhile, President Quang underlined his country’s consistent policy of treasuring the traditional friendship with Serbia while talking to Serbian Ambassador Slobodan Marinkovic.
The two sides should conduct high-ranking delegation exchanges and direct consultations between their ministries and sectors to seek ways to reinforce bilateral relations, he said, asking Serbia to support Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General in the 2017-2021 term.
He believed the ambassador will actively contribute to the Vietnamese-Serbian relationship and foster bilateral affiliation substantively, for the sake of the two peoples. The President pledged the best possible conditions for the diplomat to fulfil his duties.
Marinkovic noted Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic looks towards to the Vietnamese President’s visit in 2017 on the occasion of the 60th founding anniversary of bilateral ties. Marinkovic also promised to do his best to ensure that the countries’ relations will develop both substantively and effectively.
Speaking to Tajikistani Ambassador Parviz Davlatzoda, President Quang voiced his delight at the country’s enormous attainments over the past 25 years since its independence. He urged Vietnamese and Tajikistani ministries and sectors to push ahead with implementing the agreements reached between their senior leaders.
Vietnam is willing to cooperate with Tajikistan in hydropower and economics-trade. It wants to export its strong commodities such as agricultural and aquatic products, construction materials, garment and footwear to Tajikistan, and import cotton products and silk from this nation, he noted.
The two sides should encourage their localities and businesses to engage in direct talks and update each other on information about each other’s policies and markets, he said.
Ambassador Davlatzoda said the Tajikistani people admire the Vietnamese people and always considers the ASEAN country as an important economic and trade partner.
He conveyed President Emomali Rahmon’s invitation to visit Tajikistan to the Vietnamese leader, adding that 2017 will mark 25 years of their diplomatic ties. Tajikistan is preparing for mutual visits between the two foreign ministers and looks towards President Quang’s official visit.
At the meeting with Lithuanian Ambassador Ina Marciulionyte, the President proposed Lithuania continue backing Vietnam and promoting the Vietnam-EU relations, including the early signing and ratification of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Ambassador Marciulionyte spoke highly of Vietnam’s renewal policies which, she said, have brought great achievements to the country in recent times.
Lithuania is keen on boosting cooperation with Vietnam in politics, economics and diplomacy, she said, adding that with its strength of high technology, her country is ready to cooperate with Vietnam in implementing an e-government, and wants to export dairy products and meat to the Southeast Asian nation.
Welcoming Fijian Ambassador Isikeli Mataitoga, the Vietnamese leader said the countries need to increase delegation exchanges and people-to-people exchanges.
He suggested establishing cooperation and negotiation mechanisms, working towards the signing of agreements on investment encouragement and protection, double taxation avoidance, technical cooperation, agricultural development and food safety, infrastructure construction, tourism and health care.
He thanked countries, including Fiji, for their support to Vietnam’s candidacy to the UN International Law Committee for the 2017-2020 tenure, and asked Fiji to back Vietnam’s bid for the non-permanent membership at the UN Council Security for the 2020-21 tenure.
Ambassador Mataitoga said since 2007, the Fijian government has implemented its external policy, in which Vietnam plays an important role in Fiji’s efforts to expand cooperation on the international arena.
Fiji is willing to work with Vietnam in all fields, especially at the UN, and supports Vietnam’s effort for the non-permanent member at the UN Security Council as well as positions in other international organisations.
At the reception for Mauritian Ambassador Issop Patel, President Quang suggested increasing the exchange of delegations and experiences in economic development between the two countries.
The sides need to soon conclude negotiations and sign cooperation documents such as agreements on double taxation avoidance, investment encouragement and protection, and aviation, creating a legal framework for bilateral collaboration.
Ambassador Patel affirmed that Mauritius will support Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director General for the 2017-2021 tenure.
He pledged to do his utmost to connect Vietnam with Africa, especially in the field of aviation, facilitating the exchange and travel of Mauritian and Vietnamese people.
Receiving Portuguese Ambassador Francisco de Assis Morais e Cunha Vaz Patto, the President thanked Portugal for its support to Vietnam in promoting relations with the EU, including the ratification of the Vietnam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
He asked for Portugal’s continued support for the early signing and implementation of the EVFTA and recognition of Vietnam as the economic market, helping to boost economic-trade ties between the two countries.
The President encouraged Portuguese investors interested in the Vietnamese market, especially cooperation in maritime economy, tourism, energy and tripartite cooperation with Portuguese speaking countries.
He proposed the two sides continue close coordination at the UN, ASEAN-EU, ASEM, and asked Portugal to back Vietnam’s effort for non-permanent membership at the UN Security Council for 2020-21 tenure.
The Ambassador expressed his wish that the two countries will work closely in the fields of economics and trade to match with their potential and desire.
Talking with Estonian Ambassador Martin Kokk, the President suggested the two countries increase exchanges and facilitate their businesses to join trade promotion activities in order to raise bilateral trade and increase investment.
He affirmed that Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge to support Estonia in increasing ties with ASEAN member countries.
Ambassador Kokk highly valued Vietnam’s achievements in recent times, especially high economic growth. He said boosting economic and trade cooperation between the two countries is the top priority during his term.
Estonia will support Vietnam’s bid for the post of UNESCO General Director for 2017-2021 tenure.