Danish Queen treasures all-around ties with Vietnam
Updated : 09/19/2013 14:01 GMT + 7
While welcoming Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in Copenhagen, Danish Queen Margrethe II said that the signing of a comprehensive partnership agreement between the two countries during the President’s visit will be a significant event.
At a state banquet to welcome President Sang on Wednesday, Queen Margrethe II also said the document will lay down a framework for further, closer friendship and cooperation between the two Governments in various sectors, including politics-diplomacy, green growth and climate change.
Vietnam is one of the newly emerging markets that the Danish Government and businesses have interests in, and intentions to cooperate with, the Queen said.
The Queen expressed her hope that President Sang’s visit will open up a new chapter in bilateral relations. She also pointed to potential for the two countries’ all-round cooperation, specifically in building a green and energy-efficient economy and ensuring social welfare for harmonious and sustainable development.
For his part, President Sang, as the first State President of Vietnam to visit Denmark, said that Vietnam considers Denmark a close and faithful friend and a reliable partner and that Denmark holds an increasingly important role in Vietnam’s foreign policy.
Since Vietnam and Denmark established their diplomatic ties in 1971, the two countries’ ties have developed very well in various fields, including politics, diplomacy, economic, trade, investment, education, training, law and culture, he said.
President Sang told participants at the banquet that regular exchanges of visits and meetings between high-ranking leaders and the increasing presence of leading Danish businesses in Vietnam, development projects, cultural exchange activities and education-training cooperation are vivid evidence of the two countries’ vigorous relations.
Later the same day, President Sang, Danish Prince Frederik, and Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Construction Martin Lidegaard visited the Copenhagen Port, Denmark’s maritime transport group Moller-Maersk.
The President also met with the Vietnamese Embassy’s staff, Vietnamese students and members of the Vietnamese community in Denmark.
President Sang is scheduled to have talks with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt today, September 19, and witness the signing of a number of cooperation agreements between the two countries.