Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 30 hosts a reception for newly-appointed Sudanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mohamed Elmurtada Mubarak Ismail Siraq. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 30 hosted a reception for newly-appointed Sudanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mohamed Elmurtada Mubarak Ismail Siraq.

Phuc congratulated the Sudanese diplomat on his new mission in Vietnam when the two countries’ relations are advancing. He expected that the new ambassador will do his utmost to foster the bilateral ties during his term of office.

The PM also conveyed his congratulations to Sudan over the lifting of US economic sanctions against the African country last year and hoped that it would be a good opportunity for Vietnam and Sudan to promote two-way trade.

Mohamed Elmurtada Mubarak Ismail Siraq expressed his honour to be the new Ambassador of Sudan to Vietnam, saying the Sudanese people admire Vietnam’s socio-economic development and want to learn from its experience and promote cooperation with the Southeast Asian country.

With huge potential in oil and gas, Sudan is ready to work with Vietnam in this industry which can benefit both sides, he said.

The ambassador said he wishes to receive support of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in his mission in Vietnam and hopes that the Government of Vietnam will soon send a delegation to Sudan to explore opportunities for partnership between the two sides.

PM Phuc affirmed that Vietnam treasures the traditional friendship and cooperation with the Government and people of Sudan and is delighted at what the Sudanese people have achieved during the national building and development.

He agreed that the two nations have much potential to further enhance the effectiveness of their cooperation, hereby increasing the two-way trade turnover. He wanted the ambassador to foster more trade promotion activities, increase exchange of business delegations and promote investment in the fields of telecommunications, agriculture, aquaculture and petroleum.

He suggested the two sides continue to work closely and support each other at international forums and soon sign agreements to improve legal framework for the bilateral cooperation.

Vietnam and Sudan set up diplomatic ties on August 26, 1969. Next year, the two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their relations.-VNA