State President receives outgoing Bulgarian Ambassador
09:30 | 29/09/2017

VGP – State President Tran Dai Quang hosted a reception on September 28 for outgoing Bulgarian Ambassador to Viet Nam Ebgueni Stefanov Stoytchev.

State President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Bulgarian Ambassador to Viet Nam Ebgueni Stefanov Stoytchev, September 28, 2017 – Photo: VNA

State President Quang praised the positive and effective contributions of Ambassador Ebgueni Stefanov Stoytchev during his term in Viet Nam to strengthening the bilateral ties in various fields such as politics, external affairs, economy, trade, security, defense and local collaboration along with the two countries’ close coordination at multilateral forums and international organizations.

The State President lauded the role and position of Bulgaria in the European Union (EU).

 As Bulgaria took over the rotating presidency of the EU Council in January 2018, the host leader Quang recommended the country support Viet Nam in bolstering partnership with the EU and early reaching the signing and ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

The State President underlined the sound traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Viet Nam and Bulgaria, suggesting the two sides maintain all-level delegation exchanges to discuss measures to beef up  ties.

Mr. Quang called upon the two countries to soon conduct the 24th meeting of the inter-governmental committee on economic, trade and scientific cooperation with the implementation of practical and specific projects with a view to increasing two-way trade in the coming time. 

Viet Nam and Bulgaria should encourage cooperation among training facilities and increase the number of annual scholarships, he suggested.​

He thanked Bulgaria for backing Viet Nam’s bid to become a member of the UNESCO Executive Council in the 2015-2019 period and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2016-2018, as well as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

In reply, Ambassador Stoytchev stressed that Viet Nam and Bulgaria are traditional friends and Bulgaria always backs Viet Nam at international forums and organizations.

As a member of the EU, Bulgaria will back relations between the EU and Viet Nam and believes that the EVFTA will generate more economic and trade cooperation opportunities for both sides once ratified, he said./.

By Kim Anh 

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