President hosts outgoing Algerian Ambassador
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on October 22 hosted a reception for outgoing Algerian Ambassador Mohamed Berrah, who came to bid his farewell.
The President lauded the diplomat’s contributions to the Vietnam-Algeria relations, particularly in trade and investment. He said the two countries share a longstanding traditional relationship and mutual support in their past struggles for national liberation and in national construction at present.
For his part, Berrah expressed his delights at his six successful years in Vietnam. Vietnam has had the miraculous development in all aspects and such development is a model for Algeria to learn from, he noted, adding that the two countries have effectively cooperated and supported each other at international forums.
The diplomat said he coordinated with the authorities of the two countries to organise many commemorative activities to show the affection for the country and people of Vietnam over the past time.
He hoped the nations to step up their implementation of economic cooperation pacts. The ambassador suggested Vietnam send experts in energy and agriculture to Algeria to assist and cooperate with the African country in exploiting its strength in these fields, which Phuc agreed.
President Phuc said as the bilateral trade has only reached US$145 million, he has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a project on promoting trade between Vietnam and Algeria to exploit their strengths and markets.
He took the occasion to thank the Algerian Government for facilitating the operation of the nations’ joint petrol and oil projects in Algeria.
Phuc said he wishes the countries organise many activities to mark the 60th founding anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year, thereby further promoting their sound traditional ties, which he believes will grow stronger in all aspects.
He sent an invitation to his Algerian counterpart to visit Vietnam at an appropriate time.
He said he hopes the outgoing ambassador will make further efforts in promoting Vietnam – Algeria cooperation in his future positions.