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Vietnamese state president chairs welcome ceremony for Kazakh counterpart

Vietnamese state president chairs welcome ceremony for Kazakh counterpart

Monday, August 21, 2023, 15:31 GMT+7
Vietnamese state president chairs welcome ceremony for Kazakh counterpart
Vietnam's State President Vo Van Thuong (L) and his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev review a guard of honor in Hanoi, August 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong hosted a welcome ceremony for Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Monday morning.

State President Vo Van Thuong walks to the drop-off site to greet his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

State President Vo Van Thuong walks to the drop-off site to greet his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Hanoi, August 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Kazakh President Tokayev arrived in Hanoi on Sunday afternoon, starting his official visit to Vietnam through Tuesday.

This is his first visit to Vietnam since he took office in 2019 and the first visit by a Kazakh president in 12 years.

This is his first visit to Vietnam since he took office in 2019 and the first visit by a Kazakh president in 12 years. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

This is President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's first visit to Vietnam since he took office in 2019 and the first visit by a Kazakh president in 12 years. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

State President Vo Van Thuong (R) shakes hands with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the welcome ceremony on August 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

State President Vo Van Thuong (R) shakes hands with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on August 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The two top officials held talks after the welcome ceremony. 

President Tokayev’s entourage includes a number of Kazakh ministers and leaders of corporations in the fields of energy, transportation, and national investment funds.

Vietnam and Kazakhstan set up diplomatic ties in 1992.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Kazakhstan was put into operation in July 2008, while Kazakhstan opened an embassy in the Southeast Asian nation in March 2015.

In 2015, Vietnam was the first country to sign a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), whose members include Kazakhstan.

The deal opened a wider door for Vietnamese enterprises to tap the EAEU market in general and the market of Kazakhstan in particular.

In the first four months of 2023, trade between Kazakhstan and Vietnam amounted to over US$124 million, a year-on-year increase of 34.5 percent.

The two nations are eyeing deeper cooperation in tourism through direct air services.

Seven non-stop flights operate between Vietnam and Kazakhstan each week.

The two presidents and other officials of Vietnam and Kazakhstan attend talks. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The two presidents and other officials of Vietnam and Kazakhstan attend talks in Hanoi, August 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his three-day visit in Vietnam, President Tokayev will meet with leaders of the Vietnamese Party, state, government, and lawmaking National Assembly, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his three-day visit in Vietnam, President Tokayev will meet with leaders of the Vietnamese Party, state, government, and lawmaking National Assembly, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Vietnam Yerlan Baizhanov said that during President Tokayev’s trip to Vietnam, the two nations will sign 10 cooperation agreements. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Vietnam Yerlan Baizhanov said that during President Tokayev’s trip, the two nations will sign 10 cooperation agreements. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

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