Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh (centre) visits the Ho Chi Minh monument in Ulyanovsk Oblast. (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh visited Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia from October 21 – 23 to seek enhanced ties between the region and Vietnam.

Manh had a meeting with Governor of Ulyanovsk Sergey Morozov, during which both sides expressed delight with the growth of Russia-Vietnam relations via regular high-level visit exchanges, particularly the visit of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong to Russia in September.

Morozov took the occasion to recall his memories of a beautiful, friendly and dynamic Vietnam when he visited the central province of Nghe An, the oblast’s sister province. He also lauded important steps Ulyanovsk and Nghe An have taken to strengthen their ties, reflected by the opening of a Ho Chi Minh monument and a high school named after Vietnam’s late President in Ulyanovsk last year.

He noted the Vietnamese society in Ulyanovsk has helped expand relations between the two localities, praising them as hard-working and enthusiastic people.

The governor also said he expects major Vietnamese enterprises like TH Group will invest in the oblast and committed to providing them with top incentives. He handed Manh a list of proposed joint events for the two sides to foster cooperation in 2019, including a Vietnam – Ulyanovsk business forum, a student exchange  between Nghe An and Ulyanovsk and celebrations of the birthday of President Ho Chi Minh.

Ambassador Ngo Duc Manh, for his part, reiterated that Vietnam attaches importance to developing ties with Russia.

There is plenty of room to expand cooperation between Vietnam and Ulyanovsk as many Vietnamese products, like farm produce and clothing, have limited access to Ulyanovsk, while the oblast’s products are not popular in Vietnam, he said. He suggested the two sides step up exchange of information and hold more business forums to help their investors seek opportunities.

He also urged the government of Ulyanovsk to participate in events within the framework of Vietnam Year in Russia in 2019. He thanked Morozov and his government for having facilitated Vietnamese people to live, study and work in Ulyanovsk. With support from local authorities, the ambassador hoped that the Vietnamese community would further contribute to local development.

During his stay in Ulyanovsk, Manh also met with several other senior officials and leading businesses in the oblast and visited the Ho Chi Minh monument and high school. –VNA