Newly appointed Ambassador of Vietnam H.E Mr. Tran Van Khoa met the Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali,MP today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Minister welcomed the new Ambassador to Bangladesh and expressed hope that the Ambassador wouldwork for further consolidating the existing bilateral cooperation between Bangladesh and Vietnam.
The Ambassador appreciated Bangladesh’s sustained economic growth and level of development achieved under the present Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He hailed Bangladesh’s constructive role in cross-cutting global issues particularly in the areas of Climate Change and Water Security. He identified Trade, Agricultureand Fisheriesas focused sectors for deepening bilateral cooperation.
Foreign Minister referred to the visit of Hon’ble President to Vietnamand stated that Bangladesh values her relations with Vietnam. Both the countries share similar history of struggle for independence and socio-economic emancipation of the lives of people. He appreciated the way Vietnam have rebuilt the country after the devastating war. Foreign Minister emphasized on the need for reducing the trade gap between the two countries and advised Vietnam to import more high quality Bangladeshi products particularly pharmaceuticals. In this connection, he proposed Vietnam to considereasing the requirement of bio-equivalence and traceability tests for Bangladeshi pharmaceutical productsand suggested Vietnam to send a delegation to visit our Pharmaceutical industry. Highlighting the prospect of our fast growing Shipbuilding industry, the Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladesh can meet Vietnam’s requirement in this sector.
Ambassador of Vietnam emphasized on the exchange of high level visits between the two countries. The Ambassador informed the Minister about forthcoming visit of Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to Bangladesh at the end of this month and invited the Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali to visit Vietnam in near future.
Foreign Minister assured all possible cooperation to the Ambassador of Vietnam in his duties during his stay in Bangladesh.