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Memorable moments from diplomatic visits to Vietnam in 2023

Memorable moments from diplomatic visits to Vietnam in 2023

Monday, January 01, 2024, 16:38 GMT+7
Memorable moments from diplomatic visits to Vietnam in 2023
Australian Governor-General David Hurley made a state visit to Vietnam from April 3 to 6, 2023. Australian Governor-General David Hurley (L, 2nd), his spouse (L), Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (R, 2nd), and his spouse (R) pose for a photo in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam welcomed 28 high-ranking delegations from countries around the world in 2023, including five official state visits. 

2023 was a busy year of diplomatic activities in Vietnam, especially high-ranking delegation exchanges, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said, adding that Vietnam sent 22 leadership delegations to other nations.

Australian Governor-General David Hurley (L) and Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong attend a welcome ceremony in Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Australian Governor-General David Hurley (L) and Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong attend a welcome ceremony in Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Australian Governor-General David Hurley was the first foreign leader to pay a state visit to Vietnam in 2023.

His four-day state visit to Vietnam was made in April at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, making him the first national guest invited to the country following Thuong’s appointment in March.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) hugs Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel while they visit Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - Imperial Academy) and  the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi on May 4, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) hugs Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel while they visited Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature - Imperial Academy) and the Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum in Hanoi, May 4, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visits a local pub in Hanoi to enjoy bia hoi (fresh Vietnamese beer) after his arrival in the Vietnamese capital city on June 3, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visits a local pub in Hanoi to enjoy bia hoi (fresh Vietnamese beer) after his arrival in the Vietnamese capital city on June 3, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) hosts a welcome ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Anthoney Albanese at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on June 4, 2023. This is PM Albanese’s first official visit to Vietnam since he took office in May 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) hosts a welcome ceremony for Australian Prime Minister Anthoney Albanese at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on June 4, 2023. This is PM Albanese’s first official visit to Vietnam since he took office in May 2022. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

In June, Vietnam welcomed South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol with a 21-gun salute in Hanoi. Only six months prior, in December 2022, the two nations upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

During the visit, State President Thuong, his South Korean counterpart, and their spouses enjoyed breakfast together, strolled around Guom (Sword) Lake in Hanoi, and witnessed the signing of over 100 cooperation deals between companies from the two countries. 

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (L) and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol (R) walk on a red carpet at the welcome ceremony in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (L) and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol (R) walk on a red carpet at the welcome ceremony in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (R, 2nd), his spouse Phan Thi Thanh Tam (R), South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L, 2nd), and his spouse Kim Keon Hee (L) pose for a photo in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (R, 2nd), his spouse Phan Thi Thanh Tam (R), South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L, 2nd), and his spouse Kim Keon Hee pose for a photo in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his spouse arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on July 20, 2023, beginning his two-day visit to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim shakes hands with a Vietnamese student at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and his spouse arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on July 20, 2023, beginning his two-day visit to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim shakes hands with a Vietnamese student at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays his official visit to Vietnam from August 20 to 22, 2023 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong. Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (R, sitting) and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (L, sitting) are pictured making a clay pot in Chu Dau Pottery Village in Hai Duong Province, around 60 kilometers from Hanoi, on August 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid his official visit to Vietnam from August 20 to 22, 2023 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong. State President Thuong (R, sitting) and President Tokayev (L, sitting) are pictured making a clay pot in Chu Dau Pottery Village in Hai Duong Province, around 60 kilometers from Hanoi, August 22, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is seen happily taking photos during his walking tour of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam on the evening of August 27, 2023. PM Lee and his entourage touch down at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on August 27, 2023, beginning his three-day Vietnam visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is seen happily taking photos during his walking tour of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, August 27, 2023. PM Lee and his entourage touched down at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on August 27, 2023, beginning his three-day Vietnam visit at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The two prime ministers of Vietnam and Singapore as well as other officials walk to the headquarters of the Government Office for talks. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

The two prime ministers of Vietnam and Singapore as well as other officials walk to the headquarters of the Government Office in Hanoi for talks. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

On September 10, U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Hanoi aboard Air Force One for a state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, bringing global attention to the Southeast Asian country.

The visit marked the first time both the president and vice-president of the U.S. had visited Vietnam in a single term, since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1995.

During the trip, Vietnam and the U.S. officially elevated ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, Hanoi's highest diplomatic level.

Vietnam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) chairs a welcome ceremony for U.S. President Joe Biden at the Presidential Palace on September 10, 2023. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) chairs a welcome ceremony for U.S. President Joe Biden at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, September 10, 2023. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) and U.S. President Joe Biden hold talks on September 10, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (right side) and U.S. President Joe Biden hold talks in Hanoi, September 10, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

U.S. President Joe Biden. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Mongolia’s President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and his spouse arrive in Hanoi on November 1, 2023, commencing his state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong. Mongolia’s President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Mongolia’s President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and his spouse arrived in Hanoi on November 1, 2023, commencing his state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong. President Khurelsukh (L) shakes hands with President Thuong. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R, 2nd) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L, 2nd) cycle on Phan Dinh Phung, one of the most beautiful streets in Hanoi on November 2, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R, 2nd) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L, 2nd) cycle on Phan Dinh Phung, one of the most beautiful streets in Hanoi, November 2, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) chairs a welcome ceremony for his Cambodian counterpart Hun Manet at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on December 11, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) chairs a welcome ceremony for his Cambodian counterpart Hun Manet at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, December 11, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping, along with his spouse Peng Liyuan, arrived in Hanoi in mid-December for a state visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese Party General Secretary Trong and his spouse, as well as State President Thuong and his spouse.

This was Xi’s third state visit to Vietnam since he became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President of the People's Republic of China.

Vietnamese and Chinese ministries, agencies, sectors, and localities signed 36 cooperation deals during his visit, which far exceeded the number of agreements inked on Xi’s two previous visits to the Southeast Asian country.

The two nations reached a consensus on deeper partnership and stronger multifaceted cooperation.

In a joint statement released during the visit, the two leaders underscored the importance of peace, mutual respect, friendship, cooperation, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and compliance with the principles of international law and the United Nations Charter in addressing international issues.

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) hugs Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong (R) hugs Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong. Photo: Phong Son / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong. Photo: Phong Son / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre

Chinese Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping (L) meets Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh. Photo: Nhat Bac / Tuoi Tre

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