HCM City aims to build stronger ties with Belarus

VOV.VN - Phan Van Mai, chairman of the People Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and vice secretary of the municipal Party Committee, hosted a reception on August 9 for Ruslan Varankov, the new consul general of Belarus in Ho Chi Minh City.

During the meeting, Mai expressed his confidence that the opening of the Belarusian Consulate General in the southern city will contribute to boosting ties between the two countries and their localities, affirming that the municipal authority will create favourable conditions for the mission's operation.

He put forward the suggestion that both nations work to strengthen co-operation in terms of trade, investment, culture, education, and tourism, which he said will serve as a foundation for further developing mutual relations, as well as between Ho Chi Minh City and Belarusian localities.

Regarding the Belarusian Prime Minister's visit to Vietnam which is slated to take place later this year, Mai said the southern metropolis will be honoured to welcome the Belarusian leader.

Regarding the co-operative relationship between Ho Chi Minh City and the Belarusian capital of Minsk, the official proposed that the two sides select specific items to carry out within the framework of the co-operation programme between the two localities in the 2020 to 2025 period.

In response, Varankov affirmed that the Eastern European country considers Vietnam to be one of its most important partners in the region and strongly desires to develop a strategic partnership with the nation.

The opening of the Belarusian Consulate General in the city is therefore a testament to the importance of co-operation with Vietnam, particularly in the context of the two countries celebrating the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, he noted.

The diplomat also suggested that both sides move to discuss co-operation programmes in public transport and infrastructure construction.