Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Wednesday morning to start his three-day Vietnam visit at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
This is his first visit outside Europe this year and the first visit to Vietnam by a Luxembourg prime minister in more than 20 years.
The visit is aimed at marking the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Luxembourg diplomatic ties, from 1973 to 2023.
A high-ranking delegation of Luxembourg, including tourism and financial officials, accompanied Prime Minister Bettel during the visit.
The top official of Luxembourg is set to participate in multiple activities in Hanoi on Thursday.
After the welcoming ceremony, Prime Minister Chinh will hold talks with Bettel. The two will also witness the signing of cooperation agreements.
In December last year, the two met during Prime Minister Chinh’s official visit to Luxembourg.
The two top officials inked some memoranda of understanding to boost partnership and trade activities and advance talks between their countries’ enterprises.
Both also signed an agreement for cooperation between the Vietnam Stock Exchange and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
During his visit, Prime Minister Bettel will lay wreaths and pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum.
The two officials will visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - Imperial Academy) and Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum.
Bettel does like Vietnamese culture and cuisine.
He is scheduled to have a meeting with Vuong Dinh Hue, Chairman of the lawmaking National Assembly of Vietnam.
After ending his visit to Hanoi, the prime minister of Luxembourg will travel to Ho Chi Minh City, southern Vietnam to meet local leaders and attend some activities and events.
|This is the first visit to Vietnam by a prime minister of Luxembourg in over 20 years. Photo: Vietnam News Agency|
Luxembourg is a European country, with an area of some 2,600 square kilometers and a population of over 647,000 people in 2022.
The country’s GDP stood at VND1,124 trilllion (US$91 billion) in 2022.
Vietnam and Luxembourg established diplomatic relations on November 15, 1973.
As of March, Luxembourg had got involved in 64 projects in Vietnam with total pledged capital of VND60.7 trillion ($2.6 billion), making the former the third among 24 members of the European Union and 17th among 139 nations and territories worldwide investing in the latter.