President Tran Dai Quang (R) greets outgoing UAE Ambassador. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang on March 19  received Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Vietnam Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani, who came to say goodbye before ending his tenure.

Praising the diplomat’s contributions to enhancing the bilateral friendship and multifaceted cooperation during his four-year tenure, the President highlighted his efforts in linking the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade and the UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry to organise several business forums between the two countries, particularly the Dubai – Vietnam trade forum in Hanoi in November last year.

Quang said he believes the two sides will continue implementing their agreements as well as boosting the exchange of business delegations and trade promotion activities.

The Vietnamese leader expressed his delight at progresses made in Vietnam – UAE relations in recent years, stressing that the UAE is among top trade and investment partners of Vietnam in the Middle East.

The UAE is the 7th biggest trade partner of Vietnam, with bilateral trade surpassing 6 billion USD annually in the past three years.

Quang noted his expectation that the outgoing diplomat will continue contributing to the Vietnam – UAE friendship and collaboration in his new post.

For his part, Khalid Ibrahim Abdulaziz Shohail Al-Qahtani thanked Vietnam’s agencies and sectors for their cooperation with and support for him during his tenure in the country.

The UAE highly values upbeat outcomes of its cooperation with Vietnam, the ambassador said, adding that these achievements have placed the UAE among the top ten trade partners of Vietnam.-VNA