Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Nguyen Xuan Phuc on his election as President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The telegram of the head of the Russian state was published on Monday, April 5, on the Kremlin’s website.
The Russian leader noted that the voting results testify to the significant authority that Nguyen Xuan Phuc has earned over the years of work in high government positions.
“Relations between our countries are based on long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual respect. I am confident that by joint efforts we will ensure the further development of bilateral strategic partnership, mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, ”the text of the telegram says.
Putin also wished the newly elected President of Vietnam every success and good health.
Earlier in the day, Vietnam’s National Assembly (unicameral parliament) elected 67-year-old Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who previously served as prime minister, as the new president, Thanh Niên reported. His candidacy was supported by the majority (97.5%) of parliamentarians.
As president, Nguyen Xuan Phuc replaced the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Chong.
The solemn ceremony of the oath took place immediately after the announcement of the election results.
In the summer of 2020, Putin discussed new energy projects with then-Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong. Both sides then praised the cooperation in the fight against coronavirus.