Singaporean President delighted at development of ties with Vietnam hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Mai Phuoc Dung (L) presents his credentials to Singaporean President Halimah Yacob on July 13 (Photo: VNA)

Singapore (VNA) Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Mai Phuoc Dung on July 13 presented his credentials to Singaporean President Halimah Yacob who expressed her delight at the comprehensive development of the ties between the two countries in all fields, especially since both sides lift up relations to a strategic partnership in September 2013.

The President congratulated Vietnam on successful performance as the ASEAN Chair in 2020, during which the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed.

She said that Singaporean investors are keen on expanding investment in Vietnam, especially in areas of Singapore’s strength such as digital transformation, 4.0 technology, green growth and education.

She said she hopes Vietnam will control COVID-19 soon so that the two countries can recover travelling, creating favourable conditions for their investors and tourists to enter each other’s country. She revealed that Singapore is scheduled to vacinnate 70 percent of its population against COVID-19 by late this August and gradually re-open its border.

For his part, Ambassador Dung conveyed the regards of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to President Halimah Yacob and other leaders of Singapore.

He showed his impression at efforts and positive results of Singapore in its COVID-19 fight, expressing his hope that Singapore will continue to cooperate with and support Vietnam in seeking vaccine sources as well as share experience in pandemic control and vaccination.

He highlighted development potential of the sound friendship and cooperation betwen Vietnam and Singapore, pledging that he will do his utmost to closely work with relevant agencies at home and in the host country to promote bilateral strategic partnership, for the benefits of people of both countries, and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Ambassador Dung thanked President Yacob and the Government of Singapore for assisting the Vietnamese community in Singapore to overcome difficulties from COVID-19, and hoped that the Singaporean President will continue to give necessary support to the community in the future./.