Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrived in Hanoi on Thursday afternoon to begin his state visit at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang.
The private jet carrying President Mattarella landed at Noi Bai International Airport at 11:30 am, twenty minutes before the arrival of China’s President Xi Jinping.
President Mattarella was welcomed by the Vietnamese delegation led by Dao Viet Trung, chairman of the President’s Office.
The state visit is slated to strengthen the strategic partnership between Italy and Vietnam in various fields, including politics, diplomacy, economic affairs, defense and security, culture, education and training, science-technology and tourism, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two countries’ diplomatic ties were set up in 2013 in order to create favorable conditions for Italian businesses to invest in the Vietnamese market.
The visit is also an opportunity for Italy and Vietnam to enhance their collaboration in several multilateral forums and international organizations as well as to discuss some regional and global issues which both countries are concerned with.
The Italian president will confer with President Sang, attend the signing ceremonies of some agreements established by the two states and meet General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
In addition, President Mattarella will meet leaders of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council, and take part in several business round tables with Italian and Vietnamese enterprises.
He will also be greeted by the Italian community in Hanoi and Vietnamese learners of the Italian language at the Temple of Literature.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Vietnamese capital at 11:50 am for a visit lasting from November 5 to 6.
The visit, made at the invitation of General Secretary Trong and President Sang, is the Chinese Party and State leader’s first to Vietnam in nine years.
The Chinese leader, who is General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, and his wife were welcomed by their Vietnamese hosts at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi this afternoon, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
On the same day, General Secretary Trong and his Chinese counterpart Xi will hold talks, after which they will witness the signing of a number of cooperation agreements.
On Friday, the Chinese leader will meet with President Sang, Prime Minister Dung and National Assembly Chairman Hung.
President Xi is also scheduled to deliver a speech before the Vietnamese National Assembly on Friday, the foreign ministry said.