Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien and Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli (Photo:

Immediately after the credentials presentation ceremony, President John Magufuli warmly received Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien. At the reception, Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien conveyed the cordial greetings of the General Secretary, President Nguyen Phu Trong to President John Magufuli; expressed his pleasure and honor to be appointed as the Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania; and expressed his desire to further promote the traditional cooperative and friendly relationship between the two countries through increasing the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-ranking delegations, continuing to support each other and coordinate more closely at multilateral forums; soon sign bilateral cooperation documents to create a stronger legal framework for bilateral relations; and create conditions for Halotel company to operate well in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian President congratulated Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien on his mission in Tanzania. He affirmed that bilateral relations were established in the 1960s in a common historical context and Tanzania would always support Vietnam; called on Vietnamese businesses to come to Tanzania to invest in building cashew processing and fabric production plants; and sent his invitation to the President of Vietnam to visit Tanzania through Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien.

Earlier, at a ceremony to hand over the copy of the credentials to Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi, Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien affirmed that Vietnam and Tanzania are two traditional friends, who stood side by side in the fight against colonialists for national independence, and who always support each other in building and developing the countries today. He delighted to see that the bilateral friendship and cooperation continue to be maintained and promoted in politics, economy and trade, people-to-people exchange, among which Halotel is a major cooperation project between the Governments of the two countries at present. He suggested that the two sides would create favorable conditions for Halotel to operate, as well as actively coordinate and promote the completion of the legal framework and strengthen bilateral cooperation in fields where the two sides have strengths.

Foreign Minister Kabudi congratulated Ambassador Nguyen Nam Tien on his position in Tanzania, highly appreciated Vietnam appointing a new ambassador even in the context of the complicated COVID-19 epidemic in the world; shared that the two countries establishment diplomatic relations only one year after Tanzania gained independence and thanked Vietnam for trusting in setting up its embassy in Tanzania and concurrently accredited in East African countries; the Tanzanian official said Vietnam inspired Tanzania to develop as the country rises strongly from the ashes of the war and its economy is now developing aggressively. He emphasized that Tanzania has supported Vietnam at the United Nations and other international organizations.

Foreign Minister Kabudi shared that he is using the Halotel mobile network and thanked Halotel for creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs for Tanzanian people, and highly appreciated Halotel as the only telecommunications company in Tanzania to provide access and extend its mobile signal to remote rural areas of Tanzania.

On this occasion, Foreign Minister Kabudi also called on Vietnamese businesses to invest in building cashew processing and fabric production plants, as well as encourage Vietnamese tourists to visit Tanzania./.