Vietnam thanks Saudi Arabia for support its citizens amid pandemic
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|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (Source: VNA)|
According to VNA, Minh on August 13 had a phone conversation with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to discuss measures to boost relations between two countries.
They noted with pleasure the sound development of the multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries over the past time, and agreed that both nations should make preparations to enhance the bilateral ties right after COVID-19 is put under control.
They agreed that the two sides need to increase delegation exchanges at all levels, especially at the high-level one, and effectively implement the existing cooperation mechanisms via online meetings amidst the pandemic outbreak, firstly the upcoming fourth meeting of the Vietnam-Saudi Arabia Joint Committee.
The two countries will also step up investment, trade and tourism promotion activities, and push ahead with negotiations and signing of agreements on investment encouragement and protection, judicial assistance, and collaboration in crime combat, thus creating a legal framework for bilateral cooperation.
Minh used the occasion to thank the government of Saudi Arabia for facilitating the settlement of Vietnamese in the country, and called for more support from the host authorities to the Vietnamese community.
During the talks, the two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern.
Recently, nearly 270 Vietnamese citizens from Cyprus and Saudi Arabia were brought home on a repatriation flight which landed at the Can Tho International Airport in the Mekong Delta Province of Can Tho on August 9.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the flight was arranged by authorities of Vietnam and the two countries and the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines.
|Nearly 270 Vietnamese citizens from Cyprus and Saudi Arabia were brought home on August 9. (Source: VNA)|
The 30-hour flight departed from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport to Cyprus to take 70 passengers and then flew to Saudi Arabia to take nearly 200 others before landing safely at the Can Tho Airport, the ministry said.
According to Arab News, Saudi Arabia announced 34 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,482 new cases of the disease on August 13.
The total number of recoveries in the country increased to 260,393 after 3,124 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 3,303 people have succumbed to the virus in the country so far.
Meawhile, Vietnam reported 22 new COVID-19 cases and two fatalities on August 13 evening, raising the total infection cases to 905 and death toll to 20.
Among the new infection cases, 14 were recorded in Da Nang, two in neighbouring Quang Nam province, one in Quang Tri province and five imported cases in Khanh Hoa province.
After 99 days without a single locally transmitted infection in Vietnam, the first case of community transmission was reported in Da Nang city on July 25, and the outbreak has since spread to 15 cities and provinces across the country./.
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