Algiers (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador
to Gambia Pham Quoc Tru presented his credentials to President of Gambia Adama
Barrow on April 16.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Gambia Pham Quoc Tru presents his credentials to
President of Gambia Adama Barrow (Photo: VNA)
At a reception after the presentation, President Barrow said he hoped the
ambassador would contribute to developing the two countries’ diplomatic ties.
He praised Vietnam as the flag in the
struggle against colonialism and congratulated the country on its socio-economic
achievements in the Doi Moi (reform) period.
The president expressed his desire to
strengthen collaboration with Vietnam in various fields such as trade,
investment, agriculture, healthcare and education.
Gambia also wants to learn from
Vietnam and have more Vietnamese investors do business in the western African
country, he said.
The president said both countries
should push ahead with negotiations and early signing of agreements to create
legal frameworks for stronger bilateral cooperation such as deals on double
taxation avoidance, investment protection and encouragement and visa exemptions
for diplomatic and official passport holders.
He suggested the two nations increase
support and coordination at international forums and reiterated Gambia’s
support for Vietnam to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council
for the 2020-2021 tenure.
Ambassador Pham Quoc Tru conveyed
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong’s regards to President
Barrow, and thanked the Gambian government and people for their support for
He affirmed that Vietnam attaches
great importance to and hopes to enhance traditional relations with Gambia,
especially in fields of their strengths such as agriculture, marine economy,
tourism and trade.
The ambassador said he will do his
best to strengthen bilateral friendship and collaboration.-VNA