Following the ceremony of presentation of credentials, President Trong hosted a reception for Chinese Ambassador Xiong Bo, Norwegian Ambassador Grete Lochen, Canadian Ambassador Deborah Anne Paul and Uruguayan Ambassador Portell Casanova Maria Del Rosario.
The President expressed his belief that the new ambassadors will fulfil their assigned missions, serving as a bridge to promote friendship and bilateral relations with Vietnam.
He affirmed that Vietnam will create favourable conditions for the ambassadors during their tenure.
Also, he wished that the friendship and cooperative ties between Vietnam and those four countries will develop unceasingly, bringing practical benefits to each nation as well as contributing to regional and global peace, cooperation and development.
Vietnam and China established diplomatic ties on January 18, 1950 and entered into a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in 2008. The two countries have maintained regular high-level visits and meetings. To date, they have 53 cooperative and exchange mechanisms between the two Parties, Governments, parliaments, social organisations and localities. China is currently the biggest trade and tourism partner of and the 8th biggest foreign investor in Vietnam while the latter is the largest trade and tourism partner of China in the ASEAN.
Norway established diplomatic ties with Vietnam on November 25, 1971. The Scandinavian country now has 31 valid investment projects in Vietnam with total registered capital of more than US$86 million, ranking 46th out of 115 countries and territories investing in the country. Most of the projects are in wood processing, building material and interior décor, agro-forestry, aquaculture, information and media.
Meanwhile, Vietnam and Canada set up diplomatic relations in 1973 and lifted their relationship to a comprehensive partnership in November 2017 on the occasion of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip to Vietnam for an official visit and to attend the 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. Vietnam is the largest trade partner of Canada in the ASEAN bloc, with two-way trade in 2017 reaching nearly US$5 billion. Canada is 14th largest foreign investor in Vietnam with US$4.1 billion in 149 projects.
Vietnam and Uruguay set up diplomatic relations on August 11, 1993. Since then, both sides have exchanged high-level delegations, maintained bilateral meetings at multilateral forums, and inked numerous cooperative documents in economy, trade and sci-technology.