President notes growing Vietnam-Israel ties during diplomat’s tenure

Monday, 2017-06-19 09:49:22
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President Tran Dai Quang and outgoing Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar
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NDO/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 made significant 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 and received more agricultural apprentices, as well as increasing 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 the security-defence industry.

These outcomes have turned Israel into one of the leading partners of Vietnam in the Middle East, President Quang noted.

He appreciates the ambassador’s efforts and contributions to the reinforcement of multi-faceted bilateral ties, asking her to continue to help boost Vietnam-Israel relations in her new posts.

The potential for cooperation between the two countries remains huge, especially in science-technology, security-defence, agriculture, training and trade, the President said, voicing his hope that the effective implementation of the commitments made by their senior leaders during President Rivlin’s visit will be continued, thereby bolstering bilateral cooperation in a substantive manner.

Vietnam attaches importance to the promotion of friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with Israel, the President added.

For her part, Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar said during her five years of working in Vietnam, she exerted efforts to contribute to their 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 for President Quang to pay an official visit to Israel, who gave his thanks and accepted the invitation with pleasure.