Party chief invites President Putin to visit Vietnam

By Nguyen Tien   March 26, 2024 | 06:25 am PT
Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Vietnam, emphasizing that Vietnam considers its relationship with Russia one of its foreign policy priorities.

According to a statement from the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, Trong and Putin were on a phone call Tuesday when the invitation for an official visit was extended.

Putin accepted the motion and agreed that both sides would coordinate to arrange a suitable time for the trip.

The Vietnamese leader also conveyed his deepest condolences to Putin, the Russian people, and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Moscow on March 22.

Putin expressed his gratitude for Vietnam’s condolences and for the expression of compassion towards the loss of the Russian people.

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks with President Vladimir Putin on March 26, 2024. Photo by VNA

General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong holds phone talks with President Vladimir Putin on March 26, 2024. Photo by VNA

Trong expressed Vietnam’s appreciation for the great help provided by the Russian Federation, and previously the Soviet Union, towards Vietnam and its people. He emphasized that Vietnam considers its Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Russia one of the top foreign affairs policy priorities.

Putin expressed his satisfaction at the positive developments in bilateral relations between the two countries in all areas, affirming that Vietnam is and has always been one of Russia’s friends and reliable partners.

The two leaders discussed and agreed upon several major initiatives to promote bilateral cooperation in the future, including those in areas such as security and defense, economy and trade, culture, and tourism.

Vietnam and Russia established diplomatic relations in 1950 and elevated the relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in 2012.

Chairman of the United Russia party and the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev conducted an official visit to Vietnam in May 2023.

The Chairman of the State Duma (Lower House) of Russia Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin also made an official visit to Vietnam in October 2023.

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