British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) shakes hands with Ho Chi Minh City's Communist Party Chief Le Thanh Hai during his visit. Photo credit: Sai Gon Giai Phong
British Prime Minister David Cameron surprised quite a few people during a brief visit to Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, local media reported.
Cameron, who was visiting Vietnam from July 29 to 30, became the first serving British PM to visit the country.
After Hanoi, he visited HCMC, the southern metropolis, on Thursday morning. He met with the city’s Communist Party chief Le Thanh Hai and mayor Le Hoang Quan.
During his talks with Hai, Cameron said the UK is willing to share experiences with Vietnam in infrastructure development, finance, urban planning, education and public-private partnership development.
He praised the city’s efforts in carrying out economic reforms and creating a favorable business environment for local and foreign investors.
Cameron also attended the Vietnam-UK Business Forum, met with British and Vietnamese investors and visited the HCMC Stock Exchange.
He then surprised many customers and the staff of Ngon Restaurant on Pasteur Street in District 1 as he dropped by for lunch.
He shook hands and chatted with some locals, who said they were impressed by his friendliness.
The PM and his delegation visited Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, where he was greeted by hundreds of Buddhist monks, before heading for the airport to leave Vietnam.
Photos taken by news website Dan Tri:
Cameron beats the gong at the HCMC Stock Exchange.
Cameron poses for a photo with the staff of the HCMC Stock Exchange.
He has lunch at Ngon Restaurant on Pasteur Street.
He shakes hands and talks to a local man.
Cameron visits the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 3.
He is led to the pagoda by a Buddhist monk.
The British delegation leaves the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.