President Quang hails growing Vietnam-Israel ties

VOV.VN - President Tran Dai Quang on June 19 hosted a reception for outgoing Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar in Hanoi, during which he congratulated the diplomat on a successful tenure in Vietnam.

The State leader told the Israeli diplomat that bilateral ties between the two nations have made great strides and seen positive developments through a recent State visit to Vietnam by Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin. 

Israel also recognized the full market economy of Vietnam, received more agricultural apprentices and increased scholarships for Vietnamese students.

Both sides negotiated a free trade agreement, signed a memorandum of understanding on setting up a joint research fund, and increased cooperation in hi-tech agriculture and security-defence industry, thus turning Israel into one of the leading partners of Vietnam in the Middle East, President Quang said.

Quang also praised the ambassador’s efforts and contributions to reinforcing bilateral multi-faceted ties, asking her to continue to help further Vietnam-Israel relations in her new posts.

Vietnam and Israel have great potential for stronger cooperation in science-technology, security-defence, agriculture, training and trade, the President said, displaying his hope for the continued effective implementation of the commitments made by their senior leaders during President Rivlin’s visit aiming to stepping up bilateral cooperation in a substantive manner.

Vietnam places importance to the promotion of the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Israel, the President noted.

For her part, Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar said during the five years working in Vietnam, she exerted efforts to contribute to bilateral partnership in economics, trade, culture, science-technology, education, and security-defence.

She affirmed her continued efforts to help boost the two countries’ relations after returning to her homeland.

On this occasion, she conveyed President Rivlin’s invitation to pay an official visit to Israel to President Quang and the invitation was accepted with pleasure.