State President receives new foreign diplomats

State President Truong Tan Sang received a number of foreign ambassadors who presented their credentials on August 14 before assuming their new positions in Vietnam.

At a reception for Australian ambassador Hugh Borrowman, President Sang praised the fine bilateral relations between Vietnam and Australia, especially in political diplomacy, economics and trade, and thanked the Australian Government for providing ODA for Vietnam.

Despite a recent increase in two-way trade between the two countries, it is still far from matching its full potential. Therefore, both sides need to expand cooperation in their areas of strength such as education and training, said President Sang.

The Australian diplomat said he will do his best to strengthen bilateral diplomatic ties, adding that his country regards Vietnam as an important partner in the region.

He also said he hopes Vietnam will support Australia’s participation in the UN Security Council.

While receiving Nigerian ambassador Mazi Okafor Mathias Ojih, President Sang congratulated Nigeria on its recent socio-economic achievements, emphasizing that with the great potential in Southeast Asia and West Africa, the two countries should be able to boost cooperation in a number of fields, particularly agriculture and telecommunications.

Vietnam wants Nigeria to support its candidacy to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2014-2016 and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2016-2018, said Mr Sang.

Ambassador Ojih said that his country has joined the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It is also a developing country with a population of 160 million, which is a good basis for expanding cooperation between Vietnam and Nigeria, as well as other West African nations, with a focus on the agriculture, information technology, and oil and gas sectors.

President Sang welcomed German Ambassador Jutta Frasch to Vietnam at a time when a strategic partnership has just been established between Germany and Vietnam.

He said Ambassadors Frasch’s term of office will be very important to promoting bilateral relations in many fields, adding that the Vietnamese State and Government will create the best possible conditions for her to fulfill her tasks and strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Ambassador Frasch said she will do her best to develop the bilateral relationship in politics, economics, trade, investment, culture and education.

Ms Frasch also asked President Sang to help iron out some snags for the projects to build a German Cultural Centre and a German high school in HCM City.

Receiving newly-accredited Mongolian ambassador to Vietnam Doji Enkhabat, President Sang said he believes that, with his experience and broad knowledge of Vietnam and its people, the new ambassador will act as a bridge for friendship between the two peoples and significantly contribute to developing their time-honoured friendship.

Mr Sang underscored the need to organize the 15th session of the two countries’ Inter-Governmental Committee to discuss promoting economic and trade cooperation in line with the potential and conditions of each side.

The Mongolian diplomat conveyed best regards from his country’s President to Mr Sang while highlighting the fine development of the traditional friendship between the two sides, which will be raised to a higher level through the Mongolian President’s upcoming visit to Vietnam.

President Sang received Hungarian ambassador Eszter Torda, saying he is pleased with the bilateral cooperation between their respective countries over the past years and thanked Hungary for providing Vietnam with ODA and helping to train Vietnamese workers for nuclear power plant No 1.

The President also thanked Hungary for supporting Vietnam in its running for the 2014-2016 term of the UN Human Rights Council, the 2020-2021 term of UN Security Council and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2016-2018.

Ambassador Torda said she will try her best to boost bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, education, training, health care and the environment.

She also conveyed an invitation from the Hungarian President for President Sang to visit Hungary in the future.

At a meeting with Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar, President Sang expressed his satisfaction with bilateral cooperation in cultivation technology transfer and dairy farming projects in Vietnam.

Mr Sang spoke highly of the Israeli president’s recent visit to Vietnam, which contributed to enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

He said that both sides should promote exchanges of delegations at all levels to improve the efficiency of bilateral science, technology, trade, investment and defence cooperation.

He also affirmed that he will create the best possible conditions for the Israeli diplomat to fulfill her tour of duty in Vietnam.

Ms Shahar conveyed the Israeli President’s invitation to President Sang to visit Israel, saying that the two countries have great potential for boosting cooperation in science, technology and security.

At a reception for Ambassador Noel Poirier from France, President Sang said he is happy to meet Mr Poirier again in his new capacity, affirming that France is a key European partner of Vietnam.  Bilateral ties have improved and become more substantial and effective, especially in economics, education, science and technology.

Mr Sang said he hopes the French ambassador will continue to realize their strategic partnership in 2013, when the two countries will celebrate 40 years of diplomatic ties.

Ambassador Poirier said his key task for next year is to develop the strategic partnership and strengthen bilateral cooperation in economics, trade and investment between the two nations.

He said France hopes Vietnam will facilitate its investment in developing infrastructure, energy and transport in the country, adding that he wants Vietnam-France relations to continue growing and flourishing in the future.