The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ghana and Vietnam have held discussions in Accra to promote bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Kwaku Ampratum-Sarpong, said the two countries shared rich historical bonds of long-lasting friendship based on mutual respect and shared aspirations dating back to the 1960s.

Ghana established diplomatic relations with Vietnam on 28th March 1965, becoming the 10th African country and the 26th in the world to do so.

As a result, Vietnam opened its Embassy in Accra on 5th November 1965, and closed it in June 1966, after the coup d’état, which ousted President Kwame Nkrumah from power, he said.

Although Ghana and Vietnam had no resident Missions in each other’s country, relations between the two countries over the years have been cordial and fruitful.

Mr Ampratum-Sarpong reiterated that the visit of his colleague to the country symbolised the beginning of a new chapter in the bilateral cooperation and a testament to their collective commitment towards strengthening their ties and exploring new avenues for mutual benefits.

“This collaboration, which is built on a solid foundation of understanding, respect, and shared growth is destined to reach new heights, setting an exemplary standard for partnership and diplomacy,” he stated.

Mr Ampratwum-Sarpong expressed the hope and expectations that together they could rekindle the bonds of friendship and cooperation for mutual benefits.

“We are encouraged by our shared commitment to enhancing our partnership in the areas we discussed earlier: trade, technical cooperation, agriculture, energy, and technology, which are vital for the prosperity and well-being of our peoples.”

Nguyen Minh Hang, the Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on her part, congratulated Ghana on its socio-economic development achievements, saying Vietnam did appreciate the tireless efforts Ghana had made in its course of national development.

She said she strongly believed that Ghana would achieve major targets envisioned in the National Medium Term Development Policy Framework 2022 to 2025.

Madam Hang touched on the importance of bringing bilateral relations to a new height to meet current demands and lauded Ghana for completing her role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for 2022-2023.

The Accra meeting not only reaffirmed their mutual interests but also strengthened the bonds of friendship and cooperation, he said, and that the discussions had been productive, offering invaluable insights and numerous opportunities for collaboration.