Vietnamese president to pay state visit to Singapore this week

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Vietnamese president to pay state visit to Singapore this week

Vietnam’s State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo: Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vietnamese State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc is slated to pay a state visit to Singapore later this week at the invitation of his Singaporean counterpart Halimah Yacob, the Vietnam Government Portal reported.

President Phuc will be accompanied by his spouse and a delegation of high-ranking officials during his trip from Thursday to Saturday.

This is the first state visit that Singapore will receive since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in 2020, the Singaporean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on Tuesday.

The official welcome ceremony will take place on February 25, the ministry stated, adding that President Phuc will meet with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as deliver the keynote address at the Singapore-Vietnam Business Dialogue.

Vietnam and Singapore established diplomatic relations on August 1, 1973 and elevated the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership in 2013.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the total trade value between the two countries reached US$8.3 billion in 2021, up 23.3 percent compared to 2020.

Singapore was the largest investor in Vietnam last year with the investment valued at $10.7 billion, accounting for 34.4 percent of the total inflows into the country.

The two nations have resumed regular commercial flights with a frequency of 14 round trips per week.

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