Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim (Source: Radio Free Europe)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim arrived in Hanoi on August 22, beginning his official visit to Vietnam to August 24 at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The visit looks to develop wide-ranging relations between the two countries.

It will allow the two countries to seek measures to deepen their cooperation in trade-investment, science-technology, transport, education-training and more.

Leaders are expected to discuss international issues of shared concern.

Vietnam and Turkey set up diplomatic relations on June 7, 1978. In February 1997, Turkey established its embassy in Hanoi. In October 1999, Vietnam opened a Trade Representative Office in Istanbul and in July 2002, Vietnam launched its Consulate General, also in Istanbul. The Consulate General was upgraded to an embassy and moved to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, in October 2003.

Turkey is the leading trade partner of Vietnam in the Middle East. Last year, two-way trade reached 1.51 billion USD, with Vietnam earning 1.36 billion USD from exports to Turkey. Currently, Turkey firms are running 15 projects worth 704 million USD in Vietnam, ranking 26th among foreign investors in the country.

In June 2016, the Turkish Airlines opened an air route connecting Hanoi and Istanbul through Ho Chi Minh City with seven flights per week. Earlier, the two countries signed agreements on aviation, maritime transportation and double tax avoidance.-VNA