Important driver for Vietnam-Dominican Republic ties in new phase of development
|Participants attend the flag raising ceremony at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Hanoi. (Photo: N.K)|
To participate in the ceremony held at the headquarters of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Hanoi there were also the General Secretary of the United Left Movement - Minister of Regional Integration Policy of the Dominican Republic Miguel Mejia; Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Viet Nam Jaime Yorquis Francisco Rodriguez; Member of the Central Committee - Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee of Dien Bien Province Tran Quoc Cuong; Chairwoman of Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations-Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Deputy Head of the Party Central Commission for External Relations Ngo Le Van as well as Ambassadors and Representatives of diplomatic corps in Hanoi.
In his remarks, Deputy FM Ha Kim Ngoc officially welcomed a new member to the Diplomatic Corps family in Viet Nam, and held that witnessing the flag of the Dominican Republic flying high in the sky of Hanoi, the city for peace, marks a very important milestone in the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
According to the Deputy FM, on the national flag of the Dominican Republic, the shade of blue reflects the longing for the nation’s eternal freedom, the shade of white symbolizes the people's peace and unity, and the shade of red represents the blood of patriotic Dominicans who laid down their lives for the independence of their country. "Such are the sacred values that our two peoples share. Both countries cherish their national independence, and respect those who sacrificed for the cause", he said.
|Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc delivers welcoming speech at the event. (Photo: N.K)|
“Viet Nam takes pride in its friendship with the Dominican Republic, as the two countries uphold common ideals in their struggles to achieve their people’s aspiration for independence and freedom, and shared wishes for peace, stability, cooperation, and development.”
He also affirms that Viet Nam pursues the foreign policy of multilateralization and diversification of external relations. Viet Nam wishes to be a friend with all countries, and always strives to bolster its traditional friendship and solidarity with important friends and partners in Latin America, including the Dominican Republic.
Viet Nam has finalized relevant procedures to establish diplomatic relations with Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago. Thus, Viet Nam now enjoys diplomatic ties with all 33 Latin American countries, he noted.
According to Deputy FM Ha Kim Ngoc, the traditional friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and the Dominican Republic have been thriving. The two countries have maintained delegation exchanges and effective cooperation between the two Governments, and particularly via the Party channel, in which the United Left Movement of the Dominican Republic (MIU) plays a key role.
|General Secretary of the United Left Movement, Minister of Regional Integration Policy of the Dominican Republic Miguel Mejia speaks at the event. (Photo: N.K)|
While trade turnover between the two countries remains modest at an average of 100 million USD per annum, the two sides are determined to enhance trade ties, along with people-to-people exchange, and cooperation in agriculture, science, technology, culture, education, tourism, construction, and climate action.
The two countries also continue to coordinate and support each other at international organizations and multilateral forums, such as the United Nations and the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).
He stated that the ongoing visit to Vietnam by General Secretary Miguel Mejia, a close friend of Vietnam, is very important. The two sides have agreed on measures to further strengthen the bilateral ties in the coming time, including creating favorable conditions for businesses of the two countries to explore each other's market. In addition, Vietnamese corporations, such as Viettel, Viglacera, PVN, and Vinfast, are encouraged to make further investment in the Dominican market, he added.
The Deputy FM also express his hope that Viet Nam will continue to receive more Dominican delegations, so as to broaden and deepen the solidarity and cooperation between the two countries. In particular, Vietnam looks forward to welcoming the Dominican President's visit to Viet Nam this year. “I am confident that this visit will serve as an important driver for our bilateral ties in a new phase of development”, he said.
|Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Viet Nam Jaime Yorquis Francisco Rodriguez: Significant achievements have made a remarkable contribution to realize the "great dream" of opening an Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Hanoi. (Photo: N.K)|
In his remarks, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Viet Nam Jaime Yorquis Francisco Rodriguez noted that after a long and challenging period of cultivating the friendship, significant achievements have made a remarkable contribution to realize the "great dream" of opening the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Hanoi. “And within the framework of the bilateral agreement signed, we aspire to have, today, the Embassy of the honorable Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Santo Domingo”, said Ambassador.
According to Dominican Ambassador, President Luis Abinader Corona and the government are pleased with this historic moment when the embassy is opened here in Hanoi, Vietnam. This opening has been longed for years, and it has taken steps to strengthen and advance to higher level in diplomatic, commercial, academic, cultural, sports, scientific, technological and cooperative relations between our nations, he said.
|Participants at the ceremony. (Photo: N.K)|