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President Tran Dai Quang paid state-level visits to Ethiopia and Egypt
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 President Tran Dai Quang hold talks with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome. Photo: VNA

The visits to Ethiopia and Egypt by President Tran Dai Quang, his wife and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam on 23-29 August were a success in many aspects, from contents exchanged between the President and the two countries' senior leaders, the signed documents to activities on the sidelines of the visits which were a historic milestone in the friendly relationship between Vietnam and Ethiopia and Vietnam and Egypt because it was the first time the Vietnamese President visited the two countries after 42 years of diplomatic relations with Ethiopia (23 February 1976-23 February 2018) and on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Egypt (1 September 1963-1 September 2018).

In Ethiopia, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with President Mulatu Teshome, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Senate President Kira Ibrahim. President Tran Dai Quang and his wife visited the Ethiopian National Museum, which conserves many relics not only of Ethiopia but of the whole humanity, including many valuable local archaeological findings such as the first fossil remains of humankind.

In Egypt, President Tran Dai Quang held talks with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, met with Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdel Aal, and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

The visit took place on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with various cultural and commercial activities being organized in the two countries.

President Tran Dai Quang and his wife visited the city of Luxor, the upstream city located on the east of the Nile in southern Egypt, which used to be Thebes ancient citadel, the capital of Pharaohs in their peak of power in the 16th-11th centuries BC; visited the Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx in Cairo, a symbol of the ancient Egypt.

At the end of the visits to the two countries, both sides issued joint statements, setting out major orientations serving a basis for further promotion of bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Ethiopia, and Vietnam and Egypt in the coming time.

Strengthening economic, trade and investment cooperation was the focus of the visits of President Tran Dai Quang to Ethiopia and Egypt. Both Ethiopia and Egypt are big markets, each with a population of about 100 million.

Egypt is one of the top three economies in Africa, while Ethiopian economy is also growing dynamically, reaching the world's top economic growth rate at an average of more than 10% throughout the past decade and is named the "African tiger."

President Tran Dai Quang and senior leaders of the two countries had extensive exchanges and agreed on measures to turn potential into concrete results, focusing on incentives and favorable conditions for the business community of the two sides to actively participate in, enhance exchanges, connect businesses, penetrate each other's market and support each other to expand markets. Vietnam supports Ethiopia and Egypt to access to ASEAN markets, while Vietnamese businesses can access large Middle East and African markets through Ethiopia and Egypt.

 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and his wife welcome President Tran Dai Quang and his wife. Photo: VNA

In foreign policy, Vietnam attaches great importance to developing relations with traditional African friends. Vietnam-Africa cooperation has achieved positive results; Vietnam has established diplomatic relations with 53 out of 55 African countries; two-way trade reached approximately US$6.7 billion in 2017. More and more Vietnamese businesses are interested in investing in Africa; Vietnamese officers have joined UN peacekeeping force in Central African and South Sudan.

Vietnam twice hosted the Vietnam-Africa Cooperation Forum in 2003 and 2010, implementing a number of agricultural and fishery cooperation projects in Africa, contributing to ensuring food security for African countries, typically projects with Mozambique, Senegal, Benin, Republic of the Congo, and Guinea, among others.

Many generations of Vietnamese experts in the fields of health, education and agriculture have been working in African countries, such as Angola, and Mozambique, contributing to socio-economic development and well- being of the African people.

In Ethiopia, President Tran Dai Quang visited the African Union and met with African Union Acting Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil.

President Tran Dai Quang proposed a number of directions for cooperation between the two sides, affirming that developing countries such as African countries and Vietnam need to rally force and support each other to strengthen their voice and roles in multilateral mechanisms, the Non-Aligned Movements and within the South-South cooperation framework.

President Tran Dai Quang suggested that the two sides set up a regular dialogue mechanism to carry out synchronized and large-scale cooperation in the region as well as strengthen cooperation in international forums while protecting interests of developing countries.

President Tran Dai Quang and Acting Commissioner of African Union Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil agreed to study effective cooperation models, enhance information exchange and share experiences in areas of mutual concern such as peacekeeping within the framework of the United Nations, agricultural development, education, infrastructure, information technology, and telecommunications in the interests of the Vietnamese and African people, contributing to prosperity and development in each region and in the world.

Editor (Synthesized from VNA)