Vietnam always greatly values Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East and boosting economic ties with the country is a top priority, Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet said Friday.
The statement was made when Triet hosted a meeting with a business delegation from Saudi Arabia who had come to Vietnam seeking investment opportunities, especially in the agriculture, tourism and petroleum sectors, the government said in a report.
Saudi Arabia's businesses also want to receive more Vietnamese workers. Around 70,000-80,000 foreign workers are sent to the Middle Eastern country every month, but numbers of Vietnamese workers are recorded at just 15,000-20,000.
President Triet said he appreciated the interest of Saudi companies in Vietnam, hoping that the visit could provide useful information regarding trade and investment potential in the country.
He recommended the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its Saudi counterpart, the Council for Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, to cooperate and boost ties between the two countries.
At the meeting, Saudi businesses raised issues hindering trade and investment, including the lack of a direct air route and difficulties in applying for visas into Vietnam.