President of Sierra Leone begins official visit to HCMC

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Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC Vo Van Hoan and representatives of the President's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of External Relations of HCMC organized a welcome ceremony for President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio, his spouse and the country’s high-ranking delegation arrived in HCMC on March 18.
President of Sierra Leone begins official visit to HCMC ảnh 1 Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCMC Vo Van Hoan (L) receives President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio, his spouse and the country’s high-ranking delegation on March 18. (Photo: SGGP)
The visit is part of the seven-day official visit to Vietnam from March 14-20 of President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, and his spouse that is made at the invitation of President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse.
After the receiving ceremony, President Julius Maada Bio will have meetings with State agencies and enterprises in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, and leaders of An Giang Province.
On March 19, President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio will visit Saigon Hi-tech Park and have a meeting with Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Phan Van Mai at the Reunification Palace and leave the city for home, ending his seven-day official visit to Vietnam.
The official trip to Vietnam by the President of Sierra Leone and his spouse is the first visit by a head of state between the two countries. It is also a stride in bilateral relations in the context that African countries, including Sierra Leone, attach importance to the establishment and development of their cooperative ties with Asia-Pacific nations, including Vietnam.

By Xuan Hanh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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