Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang sent a congratulatory message on July 2 to Recep Tayyip Erdogan  on his re-election as President of Turkey.

Vietnam and Turkey set up their diplomatic ties on June 7, 1978.

Turkey is Vietnam’s leading trade partner in the Middle East. Their bilateral trade has increased over the years, exceeding 2 billion USD in 2017, of which 1.9 billion USD came solely from Vietnam’s exports.

Turkey currently runs 16 investment projects in Vietnam with total registered capital of more than 1 billion USD.

In June 2016, Turkish Airlines opened a flight route connecting Hanoi and Istanbul via Ho Chi Minh City with seven flights per week. Previously, the two countries had signed agreements on aviation, maritime transportation, and double tax avoidance. -VNA