President Tran Dai Quang and his wife give a reception to the President of Israel Reuven RuviRivlin and his wife during the latter’s State visit to Vietnam. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, President of the State of Israel Reuven RuviRivlin and his wife paid an official visit to Vietnam on 19-25 March.
During the visit, President Reuven RuviRivlin held talks with President Tran Dai Quang and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee and the press. He witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a hi-tech healthcare complex in Hanoi between Vietnam’s TH group and Israel’s MedicDan Ltd and Staromedic R.N International. He also met with the President of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and witnessed the signing of another MOU on a financial package worth US$200 million on health care between Israel’s Jasmine Group and local real estate firm Dat Vang.
At the meetings, the two sides affirmed the resolve to enhance cooperation, particularly in economy and science-technology in the coming time.
They expressed the belief that close cooperation between the two Governments and business circles will accelerate the development of bilateral economic and trade relations.
They agreed to turn economy into the focus and science-technology into a prioritized pillar of the countries’ cooperation in the time ahead.
The two sides agreed to maximize the potential and complementarity of the two economies and shared the view on the need to boost trade to US$ 3 billion in the next few years.
Israeli President Rivlin pledged to assist Vietnam to detoxify Agent Orange-contaminated areas. In addition, the two sides focused on exchanging measures to enhance cooperation in the areas of security-defense, culture,education training, and tourismas well as cooperation between localities.
On the political field, the two sides agreed to increase contacts at all levels, encourage direct cooperation between localities, ministries and branches, and promote the effective role of bilateral cooperation mechanisms such as the Intergovernmental Committee, and political consultations.
The two sides exchanged views on the East Sea, the Middle East as well as international issues, emphasizing that cooperation plays an important role and is a trend to maintain peace and stability in the world.
On this occasion, President Reuven RuviRivlin and his spouse laid a wreath at the monument of heroic martyrs and visited the Mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi. He attended a business forum, a defence industry forum, and a friendship concert between Vietnam and Israel. He witnessed the signing of a MOU on research and development cooperation between the Israel Innovation Authority and the National Technology Innovation Fund of Vietnam. Additionally, the Israeli leader visited Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh province, the hi-tech agricultural project of VinEco Tam Dao in Vinh Phuc province.
In Ho Chi Minh City, President Reuven RuviRivlin visited the Nguyen Van Troi School in District 4, the clinic of Family Medical Practice in District 1, and a project supporting the disabled in District 2.