Liberia Broadcasting System

Liberia, Vietnam resume diplomatic relations

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The Flag of Vietnam

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Liberia and Vietnam have established diplomatic relations.

According to a dispatch from Beijing, China, the Joint Communiqué was signed Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at a formal ceremony held at the Government’s Guest House in Hanoi.

Liberia’s Ambassador to China, Dudley Thomas, signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia, while the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, Vu Hong Nam, signed for his government.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Foreign Minister Vu expressed Vietnam’s happiness to establish diplomatic relations with Liberia.

He said:  “Vietnam’s current exports to Liberia have accrued a yearly turn-over of US$100 million and that the potentials of the two countries will be translated into strong bilateral cooperation.” .

“My country is prepared to provide assistance to Liberia in the field of agriculture, specifically in the production of rice, since Vietnam is the second largest producer of rice in the world,”

He highlighted Liberia’s role at the international level by providing leadership in many multilateral institutions, including the United Nations.

The Vice Foreign Minister assured that his Government will cooperate and collaborate with Liberia in advancing the many current international priorities.

Responding, Ambassador Thomas described the establishment of Liberia – Vietnam relations as a renewal of an old friendship.

Ambassador Thomas disclosed that the formalization of the relationship between the two countries will explore new opportunities for increased cooperation in various fields.

“We have followed with admiration the rapid economic development of Vietnam after facing many difficulties and believe that Liberia can learn from your experiences,” the Liberian Ambassador to China said.

Ambassador Thomas said the Government and people of Liberia would embrace Vietnam’s assistance in the field of agriculture Liberia to enhance country’s rice production capabilities.


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