President Tran Dai Quang congratulated the Ambassador on the fulfillment of his working term in Vietnam as a contribution to the development of bilateral relations.
He affirmed that Vietnam will never forget Chile's support in the past, noting that close ties will help strengthen the relationship between the two nations.
Quang said, the Chilean diplomat coordinated with Vietnamese relevant agencies to arrange numerous high-level visits between the two countries, notably Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria’s State-level visit to Vietnam and attendance at the 25th APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in central Da Nang city in November 2017.
The signing of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and Chile has helped increase two-way trade rapidly, while the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has demonstrated the contributions of Vietnam, Chile and member countries in boosting global trade, the Vietnamese State leader said.
President Quang said he hopes that the ambassador, in his new position, will continue making greater contributions to reinforcing friendship and collaboration between Vietnam and Chile.
In reply, the outgoing Chilean Ambassador said the host of the APEC Year 2019, Chile wants Vietnam to share its experience in organising the APEC Year after the Southeast Asian country had successfully held the similar event in 2017.
Negri Quintana said within the CPTPP’s new cooperation framework, the future will belong to Asia with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) playing the crucial role and Vietnam being one of the most important links in the bloc.
This will open up new potential for bilateral cooperation, he said, adding that Chile desires to step up ties with Vietnam in multiple fields.
He also promised to continue serving as a bridge for further positive contributions to boosting Vietnam-Chile ties.