Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia and Azerbaijan Ngo Duc Manh (Photo: VNA)

Moscow (VNA)
– President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has reiterated his country’s external policy of attaching great importance to developing cooperation with the Asian-Pacific region in general and Vietnam in particular.

He made the statement while receiving Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia and Azerbaijan Ngo Duc Manh who came to present credentials to the President in Baku on August 23.

The President recalled his State visit to Vietnam in 2014 and the official visit to Azerbaijan by then President Truong Tan Sang in 2015, describing them as important events that opened up a new chapter in the bilateral relations.

Azerbaijan’s training of many generations of Vietnamese students in the field of oil mining also laid a firm foundation for the two countries to boost their growing ties, he said.

While highlighting the sound traditional friendship and huge cooperation potential between Vietnam and Azerbaijan, President Ilham Aliyev suggested focusing on traditional cooperation realms, primarily oil and gas.

As two-way trade remains modest, the two sides should increase exports and concretise the outcomes of the second meeting of the inter-governmental committee on economic-trade and scientific-technological cooperation, which took place in Baku in June, he said.

He supported the Ambassador’s wish to organise events in 2019 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh’s first arrival in Azerbaijan.

Ambassador Manh affirmed to do his utmost to enhance the cooperation between Vietnam and Azerbaijan as well as connect businesses, ministries, and relevant agencies of both sides.-VNA