Fijian President hails Vietnam’s global role, position and prestige

VOV.VN -Fijian President Ratu Williame Maivalili Katonivere has noted his appreciation for the role, position, and prestige of Vietnam in both the Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

At a reception held on May 30 in the Fijian capital of Suva for Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand, concurrently serving three South Pacific island nations, Nguyen Van Trung, the diplomat presented a letter of credence from Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong. In response, the Fijian President  expressed his admiration for Vietnam's glorious history of struggling for national liberation and its cause of national construction and development, adding that his nation is willing to co-ordinate efforts to support Vietnamese initiatives at regional and international multilateral forums.

The Fijian senior leader also congratulated the Vietnamese side on its remarkable achievements in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its current impressive speed of economic recovery and growth.

The President of Fiji outlined that through international forums he is highly interested in agriculture and rural development, along with policies aimed at improving the business environment and developing small and medium enterprises, the manufacturing industry, and the digital economy in Vietnam.

Fiji is keen to co-operate and learn from the Vietnamese experience in fields where the nation has the strengths, with the south Pacific island nation giving high priority to international co-operation, he went on to say.

The Fijian President stated that currently the top concern of island nations located in the South Pacific is to respond to climate change and rising sea levels, going on to express a wish to see Vietnam share and co-operate at international forums in this regard.

For his part, Ambassador Trung conveyed the greetings and best wishes of President Thuong to the President and people of Fiji, while expressing his honour at being able to present the Credentials of the President of Vietnam to the President of Fiji as the two countries celebrate the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

The Vietnamese diplomat said that he will do his utmost to preserve and develop the friendship that exists between the two peoples, whilst seeking to fully tap into the collaboration potential between the two countries in fields of mutual strengths and interests.

The Ambassador also extended his thanks to the Republic of Fiji for always closely co-ordinating and supporting Vietnam at regional and international multilateral forums, as well as for recognising the status of the Vietnamese economy.

He expressed his hope that the two sides will soon have legal documents, thus creating an effective co-operation framework in the fields of trade, investment, finance, as well as issues related to the travel of the two countries’ people.

The Ambassador also suggested that Fiji offer the best possible conditions for Vietnamese people living in Fiji, as well as Vietnamese businesses that are co-operating in doing business in the south Pacific island nation.

As part of the visit, Ambassador Trung paid a courtesy visit and held working sessions with senior leaders of the ministries of foreign affairs, trade, agriculture and forestry, fisheries, along with trade, investment, and tourism promotion agencies. He also met with Vietnamese community representatives living and doing business in the host nation.

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