President Tran Dai Quang (L) and outgoing Sudanese Ambassador Sayed Altayed Ahmed (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sudan hold a lot of potential for stronger cooperation, particularly in trade, investment, agriculture, fishery, oil and gas, and telecommunications, said President Tran Dai Quang.

At a reception in Hanoi on May 25 for outgoing Sudanese Ambassador Sayed Altayed Ahmed, President Quang spoke highly of the ambassador’s contributions to enhancing the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two nations.

Having applauded the outcomes of the second meeting of the Vietnam-Sudan Joint Committee in Hanoi in October 2016, the State leader suggested Sudan coordinate with the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to accelerate the implementation of agreements reached at the meeting.

Relevant Vietnamese ministries and agencies will create optimal conditions for Sudanese trade offices in Vietnam to operate, thus elevating the bilateral friendship and cooperation to a new height, he said.

President Quang asked the ambassador to continue introducing Vietnam’s investment and business opportunities to Sudanese firms, stressing that Vietnam wants to welcome more Sudanese enterprises in the time ahead.

The President took this occasion to thank Sudan for its support for Vietnam’s membership at the UN Human Rights Council (2014-2016 term) and the UN Economic and Social Council (2016-2018 term). He called on Sudan to continue backing Vietnam’s bid to run for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (2020-2021 tenure)  as well as its candidate for the post of the UNESCO Director General (2017-2021 tenure).

For his part, Sayed Altayed Ahmed said Vietnam and Sudan should fully tap their potential and advantages to foster bilateral cooperation in economy, trade and investment in order to make it on par with their fine political ties, hence benefiting the people of both countries.

The diplomat said Sudan has seven trade offices in Ho Chi Minh City to support operations of Sudanese enterprises in Vietnam and connect the two countries’ businesses.  

Sudan hopes to welcome more Vietnamese investors to the country, he said, adding that Sudan is willing to act as a gateway for Vietnamese goods to penetrate the African market.-VNA