President Quang bids farewell to UK, Dutch ambassadors

President Tran Dai Quang hosted separate receptions in Hanoi on June 7 for the outgoing UK Ambassador to Vietnam, Giles Lever, and Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam, Nienke Trooster, who came to bid farewell to the State leader at the end of their tenure in the country.

President Tran Dai Quang (right) and UK Ambassador to Vietnam  Giles Lever.
President Tran Dai Quang (right) and UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles Lever.

Meeting with the UK diplomat, President Quang congratulated him on having successfully completed his working term in Vietnam, while speaking highly of his active contributions to facilitating the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership.

Vietnam always attaches importance to developing its friendly relations and cooperation with the UK, one of its priority partners in Europe, the leader said, voicing his delight at the extensively growing strategic partnership between the two sides across all spheres, especially politics-foreign affairs, trade-investment, development cooperation, education, and defence-security.

He suggested that both sides strengthen the exchange of high-level delegations to build political trust; accelerate bilateral economic, trade, and investment relations; expand cooperation across the other fields; and enhance cultural, sport, and education cooperation to boost friendship and mutual understanding. Vietnam plans to organise the “Vietnamese Cultural Days in the UK” with a variety of activities this October, as part of celebrations for the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, President Quang said.

For his part, Ambassador Giles Lever reiterated the UK’s commitment to boosting cooperation with its partners in the Asia-Pacific region, stating that the UK will continue its overhaul of economic cooperation with Vietnam in various fields in the time ahead, such as in improving the business climate and in building green cities.

The diplomat also proposed three areas for Vietnam-UK cooperation in the years to come. In terms of the economy, trade, and investment, the UK strongly supports the prompt signing and ratification of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and the bilateral trade agreement between Vietnam and the UK, while strengthening the investment by UK firms in Vietnam to meet the cooperation potential between the two sides.

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President Tran Dai Quang speaks highly of the diplomat's contributions to Vietnam-UK relations.

Then UK will work with Vietnam to ensure the respect of international law, as well as peace, security, and maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, and wishes to cooperate with Vietnam in the response to global challenges, especially environmental issues.

President Quang expressed gratitude for the UK’s commitments, as well as its support for Vietnam and ASEAN’s stance in addressing the East Sea-related issues, aiming to ensure peace, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in this region.

He urged both sides to continue bringing consultation mechanisms into full play, while maintaining mutual support at multilateral forums and within the framework of the UN.

* Addressing the reception for Dutch Ambassador Nienke Trooster, President Quang thanked the diplomat for her cooperation during her four-year tenure in Vietnam, expressing his belief that she would contribute significantly to promoting the friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

Vietnam always treasures the sentiments offered by the Dutch people, he said, conveying his thanks for the official development assistance (ODA) capital provided by the Dutch people and organisations for Vietnam.

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President Tran Dai Quang (right) and Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Nienke Trooster.

The State leader highly appreciated the two countries’ coordination and mutual support at international organisations and multilateral forums, urging both sides to continue working closely together for the extensive development of their strategic partnership and to connect new partners in new projects, aiming to serve the cause of sustainable development in each country.

He also asked the Netherlands to facilitate and support the prompt signing and ratification of the EVFTA.

Speaking highly of Vietnam-Netherlands cooperation over recent years, Ambassador Nienke Trooster stressed the need for both sides to strengthen economic, trade and investment cooperation in the time ahead. She pledged to always work to further boost cooperation between the two countries in any position she holds in the future.