Ankara, 30 November 2023 (TDI): President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in the capital of Ankara on Wednesday, signaling an important diplomatic exchange between the two countries.
According to an official statement released by the Presidency of Turkey, the leaders engaged in a closed-door meeting at the Presidential Complex, addressing matters of various bilateral and international concerns.
In addition, Ankara declared its desire to promote diplomatic relations and economic cooperation by opening a general consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, the economic hub of Vietnam.
Following talks with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh earlier in the day, Vice President of Turkey Cevdet Yılmaz confirmed this development.
As the first visit of this kind at the prime ministerial level, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s holds a historical significance.
On this particular occasion, Vietnam and Turkey celebrate the 46th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, underscoring their shared commitment to advancing mutual understanding and cooperation.
During their two days visit in Turkey, Prime Minister Chinh and his spouse will honor Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and lay floral wreaths. They will also attend a welcome ceremony hosted by Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz, meet with Turkish officials, and hold talks with the media.
The main topics of discussion and collaboration between Turkey and top Vietnamese officials will be trade and economic issues. Over the previous two years, Vietnam’s export turnover to the Turkish market has increased.
In the year to October, bilateral trade inched up 13.6 percent year on year to US$1.9 billion.
After the visit, Prime Minister Chinh, his spouse, and his entourage will travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) at the invitation of the UAE government.