VOV.VN - Newly-accredited Vietnamese ambassador to Slovenia Nguyen Trung Kien recently presented his credentials to President Borut Pahor and held working sessions with several agencies of Slovenia to strengthen bilateral cooperation, especially in economic development and COVID-19 response.
During a meeting with President Borut Pahor after the credentials prevention ceremony, Ambassador Kien conveyed President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s regards to President Pahor and expressed his honor to undertake a new mission in Slovenia.
Talking about similarities both Vietnam and Slovenia have in the past struggle for national independence and in economic development at present, Ambassador Kien expressed his belief that the two countries will continue to promote cooperation to jointly address international issues of common concerns, especially the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Borut Pahor welcomed Ambassador Kien to take up his mission in Slovenia and wished that the diplomat would continue to foster friendly relations between the two countries.
He highlighted the important role of multilateral cooperation mechanisms in solving global problems, and congratulated Vietnam on successfully assuming its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2020-2021.
Vietnam and Slovenia should strengthen coordination and cooperation within international frameworks and institutions, especially in the context of global challenges, he said.
While meeting with Igor Zorčič, Speaker of the National Assembly and Bojan Kekec, Chairman of the National Council Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Kien presented his hosts a letter on COVID-19 in Vietnam from National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and asked for Slovenia’s support in the domain.
He also suggested that the Slovenian National Assembly support and soon ratify the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), creating a complete legal framework for trade and investment cooperation between the two sides.
Ambassador Kien also visited and held working sessions with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.
The Ambassador suggested that Slovenia assist Vietnam with vaccine access to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, and in its capacity as rotating EU President lobby the EU for removing the yellow card mechanism for Vietnamese seafood.
Both sides agreed that Vietnam and Slovenia have great potential for increasing economic and trade cooperation; especially in the areas of their strengths such as high-quality agriculture, logistics and tourism.