Vietnamese Ambassador to Portugal Nguyen Ngoc Son on January 20 presented his credentials to Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva who expressed the hope that bilateral ties will move forwards.

Ambassador Son briefed his host on the current socio-economic situation of Vietnam and conveyed President Truong Tan Sang’s invitation to the Portuguese leader to visit Vietnam soon.

He highlighted that 2015 is an important year for the relationship between Vietnam and Portugal, as the two countries will celebrate 500 years since the first Portuguese arrived in Vietnam and the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

The Portuguese leader said he is impressed with socio-economic development achievements recorded by Vietnam over the past years.-VNA