Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh received new Ambassador of the Netherlands Catharina Trooster in Hanoi on March 5.

The Vietnamese host said the two countries’ relations have seen progress forwards in various fields, citing the establishment of the strategic partnership in climate change resilience and water management in October 2010 and in agriculture and food security in June 2014.

Vietnam and the Netherlands have actively promoted their cooperation in such important realms as energy, shipbuilding, training, trade, and investment. They have also been working closely at a number of multilateral forums and international organisations, Minh noted.

He voiced his hope that the new Ambassador will closely coordinate with Vietnamese ministries and sectors to strongly implement bilateral collaboration and enhance the Southeast Asian country’s relations with the European Union.

For her part, Catharina Trooster said she is glad to assume the mission at a time when bilateral ties are flourishing and Vietnam is attaining successes in its industrialisation and modernisation.

She affirmed that she will exert maximal efforts to intensify the two countries’ cooperation and the friendship between the two peoples.-VNA