Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) received newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo in Hanoi on December 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Party, Government and people always attach much importance to developing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation with China, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Minh made the statement while receiving newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Vietnam Xiong Bo in Hanoi on December 27.

Having praised the positive progress in Vietnam-China ties in the recent time, he congratulated Xiong on his appointment as the new ambassador to Vietnam.

Minh suggested Xiong work closely with Vietnamese agencies to maintain high-level visits and meetings between the two countries; promote practical cooperation fields; enhance people-to-people friendship; well control differences and accelerate the settlement of marine issues.

He expressed his belief that the ambassador will uphold his important role and make practical contributions to the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties and nations in the coming time.

For his part, Xiong voiced his hope to receive support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Vietnamese ministries, sectors, and localities during his tenure.

He vowed to do his utmost to enhance the Vietnam-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in line with the interests and development of each country.-VNA