Estonia treasures its ties with Vietnam, and wants to further the two sides’ trade and economic relations, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves has said.

The President made the point at his recent meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Estonia Bui Van Khoa after receiving his credentials.

The Estonian President insists that his country takes the lead among European countries in the field of information technology, and is willing to support Vietnam’s IT application in financial management, banking, taxation, and e-government building in particular.

Estonia hopes to see a Hanoi-based honorary consulate approved by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs soon.

For his part, Ambassador Khoa relayed Vietnamese Party and State’s wishes to bolster the bilateral friendship and multifaceted ties with Estonia, saying the two sides should back each other at regional and international forums.

He paid thanks to the Estonian Government for helping train Vietnamese students, wanting it to continue facilitating their studies, especially in the fields of Estonia’s strengths.-VNA