Hanoi (VNA) – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam is willing to cooperate with Israel in its areas of strength such as innovation, science-technology and renewable energy.
At a reception for former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Hanoi on August 17, Phuc said that as a partner of friendship and comprehensive partnership, including in national defense and security, Israel has become an important partner of Vietnam.
Vietnam wants to learn from Israel’s experience in selecting and nurturing talent to build a strong country, he said.
He suggested the two countries maintain regular high-level visits and offer mutual support in international forums and organizations. With bilateral trade of $1.14 billion in the first half of this year, up 55 percent, the two countries should continue to work in this area, he said.
As Vietnam implements the policy of building a sustainable digital society by 2025, with a vision for 2030, the country wants to learn from Israel’s experience to ensure national security and sovereignty on cyberspace, he said.
The host wished that with his role and influence, the former Israeli prime minister will make new contributions to strengthen the bilateral friendship, especially by sharing his experience in the development of start-up support policies, the development of science-technology and innovation, the training of young talents and the connection with experts and companies in Israel. and the world.
As 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Israel, the president suggested that Vietnamese authorities work closely with the Israeli Embassy to organize practical activities, helping to elevate bilateral relations to a higher level. high level.
Barak said he was delighted that the two countries were looking forward to the signing of a free trade agreement. He thought Vietnam would become a developed nation by 2045.
He said Israel pays special attention to education and has incubators to nurture the country’s talent. He has also developed policies to attract Israeli talent from abroad and foreign direct investment./.