Horndiplomat-Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam on Thursday (August 23) oversaw the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding on Cooperation and Investment Cooperation as well as an Agreement on Mutual Visa Waivers in a bid to deeply explore the plethora of cooperation between the two countries, including trade, investment, tourism, education, aviation and telecommunications, among other things.
The two sides discussed on ways of further enhancing cooperation and ties between the two countries. During the discussions, both at a tete-a-tete and bilateral levels presided over by the two presidents, trade, investment, tourism, peace and security as well as people-to-people ties were at the center of the talks. They underlined the need to further consolidate Ethio-Vietnamese cooperation for the benefit and common aspirations of the peoples of the two countries.
During a joint press conference, President Dr Mulatu expressed his highest appreciation to his Vietnamese counterpart for paying a historic and first-ever state visit by a Vietnamese leader since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries forty two years ago. Touching upon the areas Ethiopia and Vietnam could further cooperate further ahead, Dr Mulatu expressed Ethiopia’s readiness to explore and widen the full spectrum of mutually beneficial opportunities in areas including but not limited to the intensification of political ties by way of establishing contact at all levels, the facilitation of more investment by Vietnamese companies in areas such as telecommunications, textile, food processing and the aviation industry in tandem with the exchange of views and best practices on several areas of mutual importance.
President Quang, on his part, expressed his profoundest gratitude to President Dr Mulatu for the warm welcome accorded to him personally and his delegation in general adding that he is more than happy to be in Ethiopia- the Cradle of Mankind – the Land of Origins. He noted that the discussions were fruitful as they helped both sides explored areas of expanding and strengthening ties in aviation, telecommunications, education among others. President Quang also commended Ethiopia’s pivotal role such as the historic role the country played for the national liberation of many countries on the continent as well as its continued role in the maintenance of peace and security in the sub-region and beyond through arrangements such as the @UN and its non-permanent membership within the @UNSC. He noted that his country is ready to bolster its ties with Ethiopia through the facilitation of mutual visits at highest levels, parliamentary cooperation, people-to-people ties, and development cooperation, as well as collaboration on the common aspirations for global peace and security. According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry