Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh received Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Vietnam Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy in Hanoi on March 29, highly valuing his guest's activeness in helping strengthen friendship and cooperation.
The PM expressed his belief that the ambassador will contribute to improved bilateral relations, adding that the Vietnamese Government will order relevant agencies to coordinate with and assist the diplomat to fulfil his duties.
Implementing the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification, and multilateralisation of external relations, and being a good friend, trustworthy partner, and responsible member of the international community, Vietnam wishes to intensify cooperation with Middle Eastern countries, of which Saudi Arabia is a major and influential nation, PM Chinh noted.
Ambassador Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy highlighted the increasingly enhanced relations between the two countries, saying he hopes bilateral ties will continue to be promoted more strongly.
PM Chinh and the Saudi Arabian Ambassador applauded the progress in cooperation in recent times. Saudi Arabia is now one of its leading economic partners in the Middle East, with bilateral trade rising 32.4% year on year to 2.7 billion USD in 2022.
However, much potential for cooperation remains, especially in economy, trade, and investment, they opined.
The Government leader of Vietnam asked the two sides to work more closely to develop their multifaceted cooperation in a substantive and effective manner.
He called on them to continue consolidating political trust, increase all-level mutual visits, further bring into play cooperation mechanisms, and hold the fifth meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee in 2023 early. He also proposed Saudi Arabia, with its role and influence, support Vietnam to finalise procedures for singing the memorandum of understanding with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Asking both sides to facilitate the export of their goods to each other's markets, the PM urged Saudi Arabia to create conditions for the import of Vietnam's strong products that are in demand in the Middle Eastern country like rice, tea, peppercorn, coffee, rubber, textile, and garment, completely lift the temporary suspension of Vietnam's fishery products since January 2018, and help the Southeast Asian nation develop the halal industry and access Islamic markets.
Vietnam welcomes and is ready to provide optimal conditions for investment funds and enterprises of Saudi Arabia, PM Chinh affirmed, suggesting the two sides sign an investment promotion and protection agreement early to create a favourable legal framework and investment climate for bilateral investment.
He voiced his hope for reinforced partnerships in the digital economy, green economy, circular economy, tourism, and labour.
Agreeing with his host, Ambassador Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy said Saudi Arabia is working closely with Vietnamese agencies to carry out cooperation in line with the priority order.
At the meeting, both host and guest highly valued the two countries' coordination and mutual support at multilateral and regional forums.
Vietnam is ready to support Saudi Arabia to bolster ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to boost cooperation between ASEAN and the GCC. Saudi Arabia continues supporting ASEAN and Vietnam's stance on resolving peacefully disputes in the East Sea and ensuring the freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters for the sake of regional and global peace, stability, cooperation, and development, they added./.
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