There is a need to increase the trade between Belarus and Vietnam, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said in a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Belarus Vu Xuan Ninh in view of expiry of the diplomat's term in office, reported Belta.
"The trade is not bad. Yet, this is not the volume we would like to have. Today we could have the trade ten times bigger," the President said.
"If nothing is missed out on the level of the government and the Foreign Ministry I am confident we can reach the appropriate level of trade turnover," the Head of State added.
According to the President, there are no closed themes in the Belarus-Vietnam relations and the countries cooperate in all areas. Alexander Lukashenko said that Belarus and Vietnam have important historical bonds: Belarusian military took part in the liberation war in Vietnam
Alexander Lukashenko expressed the wish that the new Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam served as well as Vu Xuan Ninh. "I am still impressed by Hanoi when I visited it last time. I am impressed by the rate of development of your country," the Belarusian leader said. The President believes Vietnam has great prospects in the international arena. "I am confident Vietnam will take a fitting place in the international arena and in this connection I am happy that our two countries have established good friendly relations," he added.
The President added that the Belarusian side would like to use the experience of Vu Xuan Ninh in the future for the benefit of the two nations. He noted, that the outgoing ambassador can assist in the development of trade and economic links between Belarus and Vietnam, for example, in setting up a strong holding company.
In turn, Ambassador of Vietnam Vu Xuan Ninh said that Belarus has become a second home to him. He reminded that he took part in the preparation for the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the countries and watched the relations growing stronger. Vu Xuan Ninh stressed the importance of the visit of the President of Belarus to Vietnam in April 2008. "Since then our relations have intensified in all areas," the Ambassador stressed.