There is room for Turkey, Vietnam to take a ‘big leap’ in ties: Envoy

According to Vietnamese Ambassador Do Son Hai, there is reason for Turkey and Vietnam to make a “big leap” in their bilateral relations.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency (AA) published on Monday, Hai said there were several aspects in which the two countries could strengthen their cooperation, with particular emphasis on economic and cultural ties, as well as than in the education sector.

“I think there are many areas where improvements can be made. Both countries have their strengths and weaknesses. If we work together, there can be a big leap forward in bilateral relations,” he said. he declared.

Tourism between Turkey and Vietnam is also insufficient, Hai said.

He said the two countries are more than capable of growing bilateral trade from $1.6 billion (27.73 billion Turkish liras) to $4 billion over the next five years.

After Malaysia, he added that Vietnam currently has the highest trade volume with Turkey among all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

All we need to boost trade is for both sides to pursue this goal with focus and determination, Hai said, adding that he will use his position as ambassador to build bridges between entrepreneurs and companies in Turkey and Vietnam.

When it comes to our people, there is a clear disconnect as both sides know little about each other, the envoy said.

For this, the mainstream media such as Anadolu Agency (AA) have an extremely important role – they are the ones who can fill the gaps and bring our people closer together, he added.

Diplomatic relations between Turkey and Vietnam were established in 1978. Turkey and Vietnam have their resident embassies in Hanoi and Ankara respectively. The process of opening the Consulate General of Turkey in Ho Chi Minh City is ongoing.

Bilateral relations with Vietnam have developed in all areas, particularly in terms of economic and commercial exchanges. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s visit from March 17 to 19, 2015 was the first visit to Vietnam at the level of foreign ministers after an interval of 17 years.

In order to complete the legal basis of cooperation between Turkey and Vietnam, the Agreement on Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investments and the Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation were signed in 2014, cooperation agreements in the field of civil and maritime aviation were signed in 2015, and the Customs Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Agreement was signed in 2017.

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