The writer expressed his surprise when he listened to Dr. Do Hoang Long, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt, shared that President Ho Chi Minh visited Egypt three times in 1911 and 1946.
In the article, Mr. Kamal not only expressed his impressions on President Ho Chi Minh when he visited Egypt but also his ability to lead the Vietnamese nation over the invasion and occupation of the French and American. Ho Chi Minh, a hero of the Vietnamese nation, the first President led the Vietnamese nation to escape the invaders and came to unify the country on April 30th, 1975.
President Ho Chi Minh reserved special love for Egypt and he was loved and admired by millions of people in the world and Egyptian people, and called “Uncle Ho”.
Egypt was one of the first countries worldwide to establish full diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1963. The government and people of Egypt supported Vietnam in the struggle against colonialism and the two leaders Gamal Abdel Nasser and Ho Chi Minh connected with each other in close friendship.
On that basis, the Vietnam-Egypt bilateral relationship is the positive historical relations, witnessing unprecedented growth in 2017 and 2018; exchanging high-level visits and signing agreements to increase trade exchange to USD1 billion by 2020. Many Vietnamese companies commit to invest in Egypt in areas of agriculture, fishery and shipbuilding, as well as promoting bilateral cooperation in the fields of tourism, education and culture.
The writer stresses that in an analysis entitled “Common dynamics and interests in Egypt-Vietnam relation development” published in an international political magazine released in September 2017, Dr. Heidi Wajih pointed out the Vietnamese model in state building, and Egypt can learn from Vietnam’s leading development experience in order to build the country and restore its position in the region and in the world.
Dr. Heidi said that Vietnam pursues the motto of “Adding more friends and reducing enemies” and has strengthened investment flows from all countries in the world; contributing to removing Vietnam from the list of poorest countries, recognized by the World Bank with an unemployment rate of nearly 2.6%. Vietnam is ranked 55th in the International Competitiveness Report 2017/2018.
Dr. Heidi’s article suggests that Egypt is interested in learning about poverty alleviation and hunger eradication experiences carried out by Vietnam between 2001 and 2010. The author also points out various motivations for the development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and Egypt, in which Vietnam is seeking to expand to Africa and seek the support of Egypt to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Both sides want to expand trade and promote cooperation in the fields of agriculture, tourism and culture./.BTA