President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met out-going Brazilian Ambassador to Vietnam Joao de Mendonca Lima Neto in Hanoi on February 8.
At the reception, President Sang said that Vietnam attaches importance to the role and position of Brazil as the largest Latin American economy.
He said that the ambassador has made contributions to raising bilateral ties, making Brazil Vietnam’s leading trade partner in Latin America, with two-way trade reaching US$1.5 billion in 2011.
Receiving the Brazilian Ambassador, PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam will try its best to further expand co-operation with Brazil, making bilateral ties practical and effective for common development of both countries.
He praised the Ambassador for his contributions to boosting relations between Vietnam and Brazil during his term of office.
Ambassador Joao de Mendonca Lima Neto expressed his impression at Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economic development. He said that the two countries’ potential for co-operation is great.
Besides co-operation in trade and investment, the two countries need to boost ties in education, culture, science and technology and tourism, he said.