Celebrating 30 Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Vietnam and Israel
|Ambassador Ly Duc Trung welcomed the delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang to visit and work with officials and employees of the Vietnam representative office in Israel. Photo: VNA
Within the framework of the visit, at the King David Tower Convention Center, in Tel Aviv, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang and the delegation attended the 78th anniversary of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the 30th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Israel.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Israel Ly Duc Trung said that since the official establishment of diplomatic relations on July 12, 1993, the cooperation between Vietnam and Israel continuously developed extensively in all fields.
The leaders of the two countries cooperated to facilitate the development of bilateral relations in areas ranging from politics, economy, trade, investment, and smart agriculture, to high technology.
Israel is supporting Vietnam in training human resources in science and technology and implementing the agricultural trainee program.
They sent medical and technical experts to different localities of Vietnam to share experiences and knowledge in applying working methods, using advanced and modern equipment.
Assessing that the bilateral relationship is continuously developing and is now stronger than ever, the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology Ofir Akunis said that Vietnam and Israel have close cooperation in many fields, especially agriculture, and health.
The two countries have a wide variety of activities in education, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Many Vietnamese students are studying in Israel. After the two sides signed the bilateral free trade agreement, Israel hopes the agreement will be quickly ratified and enacted, for the benefit of the two economies, especially when there is a direct air route for tourists and goods passing between the two countries.
Minister Akunis said that "As Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, I am committed to promoting joint projects in innovative research, startup ecosystem, and technology transfer. The projects aim at new goals to broaden and deepen the partnership between the two countries."
At the event, the delegates also enjoyed cultural performances by Vietnamese and Israeli artists, visited the exhibition area of Vietnam's tourism and trade promotion products, and the Vinfast electric car display area.
Previously, the delegation visited the headquarters of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel and met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Israel.
Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Israel Ly Duc Trung welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang and the delegation to visit and work in Israel.
He briefly reported on the basic situation of the Vietnamese community living, working, and studying in Israel, and the work of the Embassy to protect citizens and take care of overseas Vietnamese.
The overseas Vietnamese community in Israel currently has more than 500 people. Every year, about 100-200 trainees come to study short-term courses for 11 months.
They comply well with the school's regulations and local laws and are appreciated for their sense of responsibility in work and study.
|Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Israel. Photo: VNA
Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang informed about socio-economic development achievements in the country, major undertakings and policies of the Party and State in foreign affairs, and working with the overseas Vietnamese community.
Motivating the overseas Vietnamese and students living, studying, and working in Israel, the Deputy Prime Minister said that Vietnam's position in the international arena is increasingly improving, including the great contribution of the overseas Vietnamese community.
Vietnam is among the countries that have successfully overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. It proves that in the most difficult times, Vietnamese people always unite to succeed.
This may be a common point between Vietnam and Israel, besides points like both countries are peace-loving, people are hard-working and industrious.
Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang said that the domestic economy in 2022 has grown well. Although the first six months of the year were still difficult, growth was steady again. Vietnam's GDP scale is about US$410 billion, ranking 5th in the region and 37th in the world, with the economic rank increasing.
Import and export turnover is currently 1.8 times higher than GDP, showing that Vietnam has open economic and trade relations with other countries.
Foreign investment in Vietnam reached about US$27 billion in 2022, and over US$13 billion in the first 6 months of this year.
During this visit, Vietnam and Israel will sign a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). This is the 16th FTA that Vietnam signed with other countries and the first FTA that Vietnam signed with a Middle Eastern country.
Representatives of the Vietnamese community in Israel shared their lives in the host country.
They proposed that the State and Government create favorable conditions in terms of policies and procedures for overseas Vietnamese enterprises to return to their homeland to invest and join hands to build the country.
They wanted the State to support trainees who wish and qualify for scholarships from universities and research institutes.
In Tel Aviv, the delegation visited the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. It is a place to recreate the life and career of the late President of Israel, Shimon Peres.
They visited spaces showcasing Israel's innovation achievements and some successful startups.
The Peres Center is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1996 by the late President Shimon Peres.
The purpose of the center is to realize the Israeli leader's vision of the people of the Middle East working together to build peace through cooperation and socio-economic development as well as promoting people-to-people exchanges.
|Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang took photos with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Israel. Photo: VNA
Vietnam and Israel officially established diplomatic relations on July 12, 1993. Over the past 30 years, the relationship between the two countries experienced important development milestones.
In 1993, Israel opened an embassy in Hanoi. In 2009, Vietnam opened an embassy in Tel Aviv.
Vietnam welcomed many Israeli leaders including the visits of presidents Shimon Peres (2011) and Reuven Rivlin (2017).
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