Israeli President Visits Saigon

The Israeli President on Hai Ba Trung

The Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin,  was in Saigon today as part of his state visit to Vietnam. Following his meetings with President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, he headed south and held meetings with domestic leaders in Saigon. His motorcade created quite an impression as it sped down Hai Ba Trung just before the evening rush hour.

Israeli President in Trade Talks with Business Leaders

The Israeli President said, “Over the next few days, I will meet with the heads of the state and along with the Israeli economic-security delegation, we will meet with the heads of the domestic economy in order to advance the cooperation between the countries,” adding, “We consider Vietnam a leading country in the Asian sphere. Economic and security cooperation between us will advance the wealth and growth of both the countries and contribute to the stability of both of the regions.”

The meetings recognise the rapid growth of Vietnam’s economy and standing within the international community. It is one of the fastest growing economies in all of Southeast Asia. The country is rapidly embracing international business models. The recent filming of Kong, Skull Island here and the relocation to Saigon of Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has seen huge interest in the country. Tourism is expected to grow rapidly due to this new found fame.

Kong: Skull Island promotes Vietnam as never before

Now the visit by the Israeli President coming just months after US President Barack Obama‘s successful and popular visit, again raises the image of Vietnam and will bring with it, fresh business opportunities.

It seems to be good news all round at the moment for the Southeast Asian country. A sense of pride coupled with strong economic pointers is leaving the locals with a positive view when looking forward.



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Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects.