President Tallis Obed Moses (R) receives Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu Ngo Huong Nam.(Photo: VNA)

Sydney (VNA) – Vanuatu attaches importance to the traditional friendship with Vietnam, President Tallis Obed Moses affirmed while hosting a recent reception for Vietnamese Ambassador to Australia and Vanuatu Ngo Huong Nam, who came to present credentials to the Vanuatu leader.

The two countries share various similarities, especially their arduous fights to gain independence, the President said, expressing his admiration for the heroic Vietnamese people and the country’s economic achievement in the past years.

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed his resolve to work to promote bilateral relations.

Ambassador Nam also had meetings with high-level officials of Vanuatu, including Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu, and Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity. Vanuatu officials all said they want to learn from Vietnam’s experience in economic development and integration.

Both sides should bolster cooperation in the fields of their potential like agriculture and aquatic cultivation and exploitation, they said, adding that measures should be designed to promote two-way trade, investment and tourism.

In a bid to facilitate collaboration in the coming time, both sides agreed to accelerate the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in the fisheries sector.

On the occasion, Vanuatu officials announced a plan to set up a General Consulate in Vietnam and appoint a Vanuatuan of Vietnamese origin to the post of General Consul.

Also, Ambassador Nam met with the Vietnamese community in the country and attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Vietnamese fraternity association’s house, during which he laid stressed on the significance of solidarity to promote Vietnamese identity.

Currently, there are some 300 Vietnamese nationals living and working in Vanuatu. They have gained foothold and made considerable contributions to the host nation. Many of them are successful with their business and create jobs for hundreds of local workers.

With support from the Vietnamese Embassy, the Vietnamese fraternity association has affirmed its role in building a strong and solid community.-VNA