President takes leave of Israeli envoy, hails ties

Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang received outgoing Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar in Hà Nội on Monday, congratulating her on a successful five-year tenure in Việt Nam during which bilateral ties recorded important strides.

The State leader said the development of the two countries’ relations was reflected in the recent State visit to Việt Nam by President Reuven Rivlin. Israel has also recognised Việt Nam as a market economy, received additional agricultural apprentices and increased scholarships for Vietnamese students.

The two sides are negotiating a free trade agreement and have signed a memorandum of understanding on a joint research fund, enhanced co-operation in high-tech agriculture and in the security-defence industry.

Those outcomes have turned Israel into one of Việt Nam’s leading partners in the Middle East, President Quang noted.

He praised the ambassador’s efforts and contributions to the reinforcement of multi-faceted bilateral ties, asking her to continue to help boost the Việt Nam-Israel relationship in her future posts.

The President noted the co-operation potential, especially in science-technology, security-defence, agriculture, training and trade, voicing his hope for the continued effective implementation of commitments made by the two sides during President Rivlin’s visit.

For her part, Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar said during her five years working in Việt Nam she had exerted efforts to contribute to the bilateral partnership in economy, trade, culture, science-technology, education, and security-defence.

She affirmed that after returning to her homeland, she will continue to foster the two countries’ relations.

On this occasion, she conveyed President Rivlin’s invitation to President Quang to visit Israel. The President thanked her and said he accepted the invitation with pleasure. — VNS

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