Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet arrived in Rome on the afternoon of Dec. 9, beginning a State visit to Italy at the invitation of his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano.
Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet (R) arrives at an airport in Rome on Dec. 9 (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)
This is the first State-level visit to Italy by a Vietnamese president since the two countries officially established diplomatic ties on March 23, 1973.
President Triet was welcomed at the Ciampino military airport by representatives of the Italian government, the Rome Air Force Commander, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrea Perugini, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Dang Khanh Thoai, the Vietnamese embassy staff and overseas Vietnamese in Italy and representatives from Vatican’s Foreign Ministry.
In the evening, President Triet and his entourage visited the Vietnamese embassy. Earlier, the State leader called at the Coliseum and the Garibaldi Hill.
President Triet is scheduled to hold talks with President Napolitano on the morning of Dec. 10, following an official welcome ceremony held for the Vietnamese leader.