Finnish and Greek Ambassadors bid farewell to State President

State President Tran Dai Quang hosted separate receptions in Ha Noi on July 13 for outgoing Finnish Ambassador Ilkka Pekka Simila and outgoing Greek Ambassador Nikos Kanellos.

Meeting with Finnish Ambassador Simila, State President Quang hailed the diplomat's effective and positive contributions to strengthening the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Viet Nam and Finland over the past years.

The State President showed his delight at the sound partnership between the two countries in all fields, especially in politics-diplomacy, trade and development cooperation.

Viet Nam and Finland have maintained the exchange of delegations and meetings at all levels and supported each other at regional and international forums. Two-way trade was nearly US$ 330 million in 2016 and US$ 185 million in the first five months of 2017.

The State leader thanked the Finnish Government for its provision of ODA for Viet Nam over the past years.

Finnish-funded projects have been carried out effectively, especially in poverty reduction, clean water supply, rural development, forestry management and innovation, thus contributing greatly to Viet Nam's socio-economic development and international integration, said Mr. Quang.

As Viet Nam-Finland relations have shifted from development cooperation to win-win partnership, the two countries have expanded cooperative ties to different areas, especially education-training and science-technology, he said.

The State President highly evaluated the effectiveness of the Viet Nam-Finland Innovation Partnership Program in the second phase, and the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Science and Technology and Finland's TEKES Foundation in March 2016 that aims to support joint projects, technology transfer and commercialization of research results between businesses and research institutes of the two countries.

For his part, Ambassador Simila said Viet Nam and Finland still hold potentials for stronger cooperation, adding that the upcoming visit to Finland by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in October this year will be a good chance for the two sides to enhance their cooperative ties in promising areas, especially economy, trade, education and technology.

At the reception for Greek Ambassador Kanellos, President Quang expressed his pleasure at the fine development of friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries, and appreciated the diplomat's contributions to bilateral ties.

He affirmed that Viet Nam attaches great importance to developing friendship and all-round partnership with Greece.

Noting that Viet Nam and Greece have supported each other at multilateral forums and international organizations, President Quang proposed the two sides continue to coordinate closely at the UN and ASEAN-EU and ASEM mechanisms.

For his part, Ambassador Kanellos affirmed that Greece will work harder to promote relations between the EU and Viet Nam.

He praised Viet Nam's achievements in national development and construction, and promised to continue contributing to the enhancement of relations between Greece and Viet Nam./.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam