The Vietnamese Government considers the United Arab Emirates (UAE) its leading partner in the Middle East and wishes to enhance bilateral friendship and multi-faceted cooperation.

Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Binh Dam made the remark while presenting his credentials to UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on November 5.

The diplomat said the Vietnam-UAE relationship has seen gigantic developments since they set up their diplomatic ties in 1993, adding that the two sides successfully organised the second meeting of the Inter-governmental Committee in April 2014 and the first political consultation between the two foreign ministries one month later.

He described such outcomes as a basic foundation for closer links between the two countries, particularly in politics, trade and investment.

Dam also pledged to exert all efforts to promote bilateral cooperation and the effective implementation of their signed agreements.

At the reception, Vice President and Prime Minister Al Maktoum expressed his hope that the newly accredited ambassador will act as a bridge for developing the two countries’ friendship.

He also affirmed the UAE always treasures its relations with Vietnam and will create optimum conditions to boost their partnership in all spheres.-VNA