Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang received
outgoing Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar in Hanoi on June 19,
congratulating the diplomat on a successful tenure in Vietnam during which
bilateral ties have recorded important strides.
The State leader said the development of the two
countries’ relations can be seen through a recent State visit to Vietnam by
Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin. Israel also recognised the full market
economy of Vietnam, received more agricultural apprentices and increased
scholarships for Vietnamese students.
The two sides negotiated a free trade agreement,
signed a memorandum of understanding on setting up a joint research fund, and
enhanced cooperation in hi-tech agriculture and security-defence industry.
Those outcomes have turned Israel into one of
the leading partners of Vietnam in the Middle East, President Quang noted.
He appreciated the ambassador’s efforts and
contributions to the reinforcement of bilateral multi-faceted ties, asking her
to continue to help boost Vietnam-Israel relations in her new posts.
The two countries’ cooperation potential remains
huge, especially in science-technology, security-defence, agriculture, training
and trade, the President said, voicing his hope for the continued effective
implementation of the commitments made by their senior leaders during President
Rivlin’s visit, thereby bolstering bilateral cooperation in a substantive
Vietnam attaches importance to the promotion of
the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Israel, the President added.
For her part, Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar
said during the five years working in Vietnam, she exerted efforts to
contribute to bilateral partnership in economy, trade, culture,
science-technology, education, and security-defence.
She affirmed that after returning to her
homeland, she will continue to help foster the two countries’ relations.
On this occasion, she conveyed President
Rivlin’s invitation to pay an official visit to Israel to President Quang, who
thanked and accepted the invitation with pleasure.-VNA