President Tran Dai Quang (R) receives Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Vietnam Dakhil Allah Raja Al Johani (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang spoke highly of the contributions of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Vietnam Dakhil Allah Raja Al Johani to reinforcing the friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation between Vietnam and Saudi Arabia during his three-year working term.

He hosted a reception in Hanoi on March 22 for the out-going ambassador who came to bid farewell to the leader.

President Quang said he is glad to see positive developments in bilateral ties, and wished the two sides would continue deploying the agreements reached at the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee in November 2016, especially visit exchanges and trade promotion.

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has over the year supplied an ODA of 174 million USD for 13 projects in Vietnam. It is negotiating loan agreements for projects to be carried out in the central highlands province of Dak Nong and the northern province of Yen Bai.

President Quang hailed the Ambassador’s efforts in the fund’s activities and expressed his hopes that Saudi Arabia continues support for Vietnam in the future.

He was delighted that the two countries have coordinated closely and supported each other at regional and international forums, asking Saudi Arabia to back Vietnam’s candidacy for the non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 term.

He asked the diplomat to send his regards to King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, expecting the King would pay a visit to Vietnam in 2018.

Ambassador Dakhil Allah Raja Al Johani shared his good impressions of Vietnamese people and country as well as cooperation and assistance of Vietnamese agencies during his term here.

He relayed the greetings from King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to President Quang and expressed his belief that the King will make a visit to Vietnam in 2018.

He noted that built on the consolidated friendship, two-way trade between the two countries has been growing, while affirming Saudi Arabia will work closely with Vietnam at regional and international forums.-VNA