Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has sent his congratulations to Rui Maria de Araujo over his appointment as Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also cabled a congratulatory message to the new Timor-Leste Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Hernani Coelho.

Vietnam and Timor-Leste established their diplomatic ties in July 2002. Vietnam was one of the first countries to recognise Timor-Leste’s independence.-VNA