President bids farewell to outgoing UK diplomat

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State President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Hanoi on June 30 for UK ambassador Antony Stokes who came to say goodbye at the end of his tenure in Vietnam.

Ambassador Antony Stokes spoke highly of the vigorous development of Vietnam-UK relations in various fields.

In particular, on the basis of their strategic partnership, both nations have achieved good results of cooperation in the field of trade, economics, science and technology and crime prevention.

The British Council pays special attention to education cooperation with the Southeast Asian nation by providing scholarships for Vietnamese students and supporting childcare projects, Antony Stokes told his host.

He expressed desire to further boost education cooperation with Vietnam towards the establishment of the Vietnam-UK University in the central city of Danang.

The British diplomat said he hopes that the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership will grow and flourish in the time to come for mutual benefit.

President Sang hailed the ambassador’s efforts to foster the two countries’ relationship and extended his thank tothe Britishgovernment for providing ODA and funding Vietnam’s poverty reduction projects.

Vietnam always places great importance on the strategic partnership with the UK, Sang said, hoping that more breakthroughs in comprehensive cooperation will berecorded in the future.

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