By Galina Grivtsova
Bidding farewell to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Dang Huy Tran, who is completing his diplomatic mission in our country, Mr. Lukashenko noted, “I always underline that the departure of ambassadors from countries friendly towards us — decent ambassadors who work to strengthen our relations — raises emotions. It’s difficult for us to part with friends but we hope that, on completing your diplomatic mission in Belarus, another good person, tested in friendship, will arrive.”
Mr. Lukashenko believes that relations between Belarus and Vietnam have deep roots. “Our friendship is based on the sacred, shared struggle for independence. I refer to the Vietnamese state, which is friendly to us. There was a time when we helped Vietnam gain independence. You’ve also done much to promote the establishment of close, good and benevolent relations,” stressed the Belarusian leader.
He noted that Belarusian-Vietnamese diplomatic relations began over 20 years ago. “Of course, this is a short moment in history,” added the President. “However, our relations are the foundation for our future.”
Belarusian-Vietnamese turnover has reached almost $200m but, according to the Belarusian leader, our potential is far greater. He explained, “We enjoy solid dialogue at the highest level and have no problems with Vietnam. We share a common position within the international arena. Belarus has always supported Vietnam, as Vietnam does Belarus. I hope this will never alter.”
Mr. Lukashenko underlined that Belarus is ready to shift from simple trade to closer collaboration, adding, “We’re ready to construct enterprises in spheres of interest to you.” The President also stressed that Vietnam is a quickly developing country, rich in mineral resources. “We need you just as you need us,” he emphasised, expressing confidence that Belarus and Vietnam will reinforce their bilateral interaction in coming years.
“We’re developing across all directions, seeking out friends and partners in Africa, Latin America and in the USA, as well as in Europe and Asia,” asserted Mr. Lukashenko. “Vietnam is a special state. We don’t have to prove our friendship or loyalty to your nation. This is the basis for our strong liaisons,” underlined the Belarusian President. He also asked the Ambassador to pass on news of Belarus’ readiness for further collaboration to the Vietnamese leadership.
In turn, Mr. Dang Huy Tran thanked the President for the opportunity to meet, noting that relations between Belarus and Vietnam are ever developing. However, despite good dynamics, much potential is yet to be explored. The Vietnamese Ambassador expressed confidence that political, trade-economic, sci-tech, cultural and educational ties between Vietnam and Belarus will only strengthen in future.