Peres with Vietnamese students 311.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Just before leaving Vietnam to return to home on Saturday evening, President
Shimon Peres met with hundreds of Vietnamese who spent time in Israel as
students in a variety of training courses.
These courses, primarily in
agriculture, education and economics, have turned them into goodwill ambassadors
They were profuse in expressing their appreciation for what
they had learned, adding that they had subsequently disseminated that knowledge
among other Vietnamese.
Peres was moved by the sincerity of their remarks
about what their respective stays in Israel had contributed to their
professional know-how and standards, and ultimately to their
Those working in agriculture were particularly grateful for what
they had learned and said that their new found knowledge had enabled them to
make valuable contributions to their country’s agriculture.
that Israel would make significant increases in training courses for
As he boarded the plane that was taking him home, the
president pronounced his visit to Vietnam to have been “highly
He had been received with great honor and respect by the
Vietnamese leadership, he said, and he was convinced of their strong desire to
open a new chapter in their relations with Israel. He was hopeful, he said, that
his visit would help to strengthen the strategic alliance between the two
countries and would lead to greater cooperation in the domains of security,
communications, infrastructure, agriculture and medicine.
Members of the
large business delegation with Peres also expressed satisfaction with the visit.
Several of them made excellent contacts with important figures in Vietnam’s
business community and were confident that these connections would translate
into significant business transactions that would give Israel yet another
foothold in the Asian market.