Vietnam honored Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, with a grand ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace today. The esteemed guest was received by his Vietnamese counterpart, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, as they inaugurated a vital gathering to enhance bilateral relations.
As a part of the traditional state visit customs, the national anthems of both Malaysia, “Negaraku,” and Vietnam, “Tien Quan Ca,” were performed by a military band. This was followed by a ceremonial inspection of the Guard of Honour by both leaders, showcasing the profound respect and harmony between the two nations.
Following the warm welcome, PM Chinh and PM Anwar greeted the dignitaries present at the ceremony. The event proceeded with both leaders introducing their respective officials, facilitating a clear line of communication for the forthcoming discussions.
Afterward, the leaders attended a photo session before heading to the Government Office. Here, they held a key bilateral meeting aimed at strengthening their nations’ ties and discussing potential areas of cooperation.
The bilateral meeting concluded on a significant note with the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM) and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). The NCCIM was represented by its president, Tan Sri Datuk Soh Thian Lai, and the VCCI was represented by its chairman and president, Pham Tan Chong.
Further marking the event’s significance, both leaders oversaw the exchange of Agreed Minutes of the 7th Joint Commission Meeting on Economic, Scientific and Technology Cooperation (JCM-7) between Malaysia and Vietnam. This landmark agreement was signed by Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abd Kadir and his Vietnamese counterpart, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
This report is based on an article originally published on malaymail.com.