Vietnam – Malaysia ties extend significantly: Ambassador hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Le Quy Quynh (Photo: VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Vietnam and Malaysia have effectively cooperated in many fields in recent years, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Le Quy Quynh in an inclusive interview with Bernama.

The Malaysian national news agency quoted the diplomat, who will end his tenure on October 8, as saying “Bilateral trade turnover is close to 15 billion USD a year. The people-to-people relations between the two countries are also very encouraging. More and more tourists from both countries are visiting each other.”

Quynh said the two countries have a long-standing friendship with excellent cooperation in many areas since the establishment of diplomatic relations on March 30, 1973. Since then, the ties have flourished, especially after being advanced to a strategic partnership in 2015.

“I believe that with the great foundation of our Strategic Partnership, the relations between the two countries will continue to prosper in the future,” said Quynh.

He noted that 2020 is an important milestone for both countries as Vietnam has assumed the dual role of the rotating Chair of ASEAN and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, while Malaysia is the Chair of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

“The two countries, together with other member nations of ASEAN, have made efforts to build a united community contributing to peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and the world,” he added.

The diplomat said Vietnam will continue to create conducive conditions for Malaysian businesses and investors to work in the country and that the two sides will continue to promote cooperation in the fields of food technology and car manufacturing.

He stated Vietnam is ready to work with Malaysia in the fields of supporting industries, smart city construction, high-tech agriculture, and other fields of Malaysian strength.

“I hope that the Malaysian government will continue to facilitate connecting the delegations of Vietnam to visit, learn and exchange experiences in areas where Malaysia has the strength namely urban planning, economic development; and on the contrary, Vietnam will create the same (conducive) conditions for the Malaysian delegations,” he added./.