NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hanoi on June 28.
Liberian Ambassador to China D. McKinley Thomas said during the signing ceremony that Liberia wants to promote bilateral co-operation, thus laying a foundation to enhance its economic integration in the region and the world.
He said a number of Vietnamese agricultural engineers, scholars and scientists have worked with Liberian partners, adding that most of the rice consumed by the Liberian people is imported from Vietnam.
Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam said the event would open up economic and trade opportunities, and wished that Vietnam-Liberia ties would further progress.
He described agriculture and telecommunications as promising fields in which Vietnam could invest in the country.
With an area of 110,000 sq.km and a population of nearly 4.2 million recorded last year, Liberia is rich in water and mineral resources, forests and climate favorable for agriculture. It also has strengths in maritime and mineral mining.
With the signing, Vietnam has so far formed diplomatic ties with 53 African countries and 187 other nations worldwide.