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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Croatian Ambassador Ivan Velimir Starcevic. (Photo: VNA)

During a meeting with Croatian Ambassador Ivan Velimir Starcevic, President Phuc affirmed the importance Vietnam attaches to consolidating and developing friendship and cooperation with Croatia.

He thanked the Croatian government for donating 60,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam last year, which the leader said demonstrated the traditional good friendship between the two countries.

Starcevic pointed out that Vietnam is Croatia’s biggest partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and that as a member of the EU, Croatia will strive promote the implementation of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

The ambassador suggested to Vietnam and Croatia to intensify their cooperation in tourism.

President Phuc said the two sides should increase the exchange of delegations at all levels to strengthen cooperation in all fields, thereby deepening and increasing the effectiveness of EU-Vietnam comprehensive partnership and cooperation.

Vietnam is ready to help Croatia strengthen its relations with ASEAN and its member countries, he noted.

The leader said the trade value between Vietnam and Croatia, which is only around $100 million, has yet to reach its potential, and urged the two countries to double their incomes over the past few years. next five years.

Vietnam is ready to create optimal conditions for Croatian companies to study the Vietnamese market and invest in the country, especially in renewable energy, transport infrastructure, tourism, environment, food processing, tourism and sports, he said.

While receiving Senegalese Ambassador Abdoulaye Barro, the President stressed that Senegal is an important traditional African partner of Vietnam.

The President receives the new ambassadors of Croatia and Senegal ảnh 2 President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Senegalese Ambassador Abdoulaye Barro. (Photo: VNA)

President Phuc expressed his hope that Senegal will successfully assume the rotating presidency of the African Union (AU) in 2022, and thanked the country for its support for the proposal to establish official relations between Vietnam and the AU.

Barro hailed Vietnam’s role in international organizations and the UN General Assembly, as well as its important role in Southeast Asia and Asia in general.

Senegal wants to learn from Vietnam’s experience in agricultural development, he said, adding that Senegal is ready to support Vietnam in the international arena and always open the door to Vietnamese investors and products.

President Phuc suggested that Vietnam and Senegal support each other more in multilateral forums, especially the UN and the International Organization of La Francophonie.

The two countries should increase trade and investment exchanges and coordinate to review and promote the signing of important agreements to create a legal framework for bilateral cooperation, he said.

President Phuc also expressed his hope that the Senegalese government will further support the Vietnamese community in the host country.

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