The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has officially opened a bureau in Tel Aviv, Israel, raising the number of its overseas bureaus to 30.

Together with the Cairo-based bureau in Egypt, the Tel Aviv bureau will help VNA cover promptly, accurately and objectively the diverse life in the Middle East, which is seen as a hot spot in the world’s news arena.

Besides, the new office will help better reflect Vietnam ’s developing relations with Middle East countries at a time when Vietnam is speeding up its international integration broadly.

In the recent years, two-way trade between Vietnam and the Middle East countries increased strongly. Last year, the figure with Israel only reached 439 million USD, up 17 percent from 2011.-VNA