President Aliyev meets visiting Vietnamese president
By Sara Rajabova
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan, was officially welcomed by his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on May 14.
A guard of honor was arranged for the distinguished guest in a square decorated with the national flags of the two countries. The chief of the guard of honor reported to President Aliyev, AzerTac news agency reported.
President Aliyev and his wife Mehriban Aliyeva met the Vietnamese president and his spouse Mai Thi Hanh.
The chief of the guard of honor reported to the Vietnamese president. National anthems of Vietnam and Azerbaijan were played.
Later, Azerbaijan’s state and government officials were introduced to President Truong Tan Sang, and, in turn, members of the Vietnamese delegation were introduced to President Aliyev.
After the official welcoming ceremony, the Presidents held a one-on-one meeting, followed by the extended meeting.
The Azerbaijani-Vietnamese business forum will be held as part of the visit of the Vietnamese President to Baku on May 14.
The representatives of about 40 Vietnamese companies will attend the forum organized by the Economy and Industry Ministry of Azerbaijan.
The Azerbaijani State Customs Committee data showed that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Vietnam amounted to $79.76 million as of 2014 or almost four times less compared to 2013. Thus, some $75.37 million accounted for the export of Azerbaijani goods to Vietnam in 2014.
The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on September 23, 1992.
In the last two years relations between the two countries were boosted with the establishment of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Vietnam in 2013 and the state visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Vietnam, on May 18-19, 2014.
Azerbaijan and Vietnam have set a common goal to increase their bilateral trade turnover to $1 billion in the near future.