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Meeting with Nigerian Ambassador Hassan Adamu Mamaniu, President Phuc expressed his hope that during the diplomat’s term, the two countries will coordinate closely to develop bilateral relations on par with their political resolve and cooperation potential and increase their annual trade to about 1 billion USD.
The ambassador said he will exert every effort during his term so as to intensify the countries’ multifaceted cooperation, noting that Nigeria is ready to send a high-ranking delegation to Vietnam to reinforce ties.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested Viet Nam and Nigeria step up economic and trade ties after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, during his reception for outgoing Nigerian Ambassador Francis Young Efeduma in Ha Noi on 28 July.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Nigerian Ambassador Francis Young Efeduma (Photo: VNA)
Highlighting the great potential for cooperation between the two countries, the PM said their economic connectivity is feasible and expected to contribute to prosperity in each nation.
The leader stressed he pins high hope on a brighter future of the bilateral relationship.
He highlighted the fruitful friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Nigeria during Ambassador Efeduma’s tenure, and expressed his hope that Efeduma and his successor will make more contributions to the bilateral ties.
As ASEAN Chair, Viet Nam will make all-out efforts for peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world, he pledged.
The PM extended his sympathy over difficulties faced by Nigeria, especially the impact of the pandemic. He has ordered the supply of medical equipment to Nigeria to help the country soon contain the disease.
For his part, Efeduma told the host leader that Nigeria plans to send enterprises to Viet Nam to study business opportunities and enhance economic and trade relations with the Southeast Asian country. However, the plan has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Echoing PM Phuc’s view, the ambassador said he believes that the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, especially in agriculture, will be resumed and grows even stronger once the pandemic is put under control.
Nigeria is also ready to implement tourism cooperation projects with Viet Nam next year since Viet Nam has beautiful sites and many Nigerians want to visit the country, he added.
The ambassador congratulated Viet Nam on its successful ASEAN Chairmanship, which has contributed to regional peace, stability and development, and thanked the Vietnamese Government and the Prime Minister for supporting Nigeria with medical supplies in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.