Vietnamese Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, and his spouse were the first to arrive at the rendezvous to welcome their esteemed guests.

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and his spouse were warmly welcomed by the Vietnamese authorities upon their arrival at the venue.

The two high-ranking officials, along with their respective spouses, took a leisurely walk along the book street situated in Hoan Kiem District. During their promenade, they engaged in a fruitful discussion on matters of shared interest.

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s spouse Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail (L, 1st) laughed and thanked PM Chinh (R, 1st) for using a fan to cool down her and his spouse (R, 2nd). Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s spouse Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail (L, 1st) laughed and thanked PM Chinh (R, 1st) for using a hand fan to cool down her and his spouse (R, 2nd). Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

While visiting a book stall operated by the Vietnam Women’s Publishing House, they selected several books that delve into the rich history and traditions of Vietnam, all of which are written in English.

The spouses exhibit a particular interest in books centered around female role models, gastronomy, and culture.

Open to the public in May 2017, the 19-12 book street houses lots of book stalls run by prestigious book publishing houses and companies in Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Open to the public in May 2017, the 19-12 book street houses lots of book stalls run by prestigious book publishing houses and companies in Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Prime Minister Chinh and his spouse, Le Thi Bich Tran, purchased a selection of bilingual books as gifts for Prime Minister Ibrahim and his spouse Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail. The books include ‘Phụ nữ Việt Nam những khoảnh khắc’ (Vietnamese Women Extraordinary Moments in History) authored by the Vietnam Women’s Union, ‘Con gái Bà Triệu thế kỷ 21: Chuyện về những người phụ nữ Việt Nam’ (The 21st Century’s Daughter of Lady Trieu: Tales of Vietnamese Women), ‘Đường xa’ (Distant Road) which comprises selected poems by Vietnamese author Nguyen Duy, and a book highlighting the culinary delights of Hue, a central city in Vietnam.

During their visit, the team had the opportunity to explore a book stall operated by Kim Dong Publishing House. They were provided with insightful overviews of various books, including titles such as “Vietnamese History in Pictures,” “Diary of A Cricket,” and “Speeches That Changed Our Times: From 1945 to the Present.”

The following three books were purchased by PM Chinh to be presented to his Malaysian counterpart.

The government leaders, along with their spouses, engaged in a discussion with a group of elementary students who had gathered outside the book stall of Kim Dong Publishing House.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim shakes hands with a Vietnamese student at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim shakes hands with a Vietnamese student at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

After browsing through various book stalls, the esteemed officials and their spouses ventured to a charming terrace cafe located on the book street. There, they savored the flavors of Vietnamese coffee and indulged in delectable sweet cakes.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s spouse Le Thi Bich Tran is seen briefing Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s spouse Dato' Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail on a bag made of water hyacinth, bamboo, and Vietnamese brocade. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s spouse Le Thi Bich Tran (R, 1st) is seen briefing Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s spouse Dato’ Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Binti Wan Ismail (R, 3rd) on a bag made of water hyacinth, bamboo, and Vietnamese brocade. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Prime Minister Chinh also presented his Malaysian counterpart with a package of locally produced coffee.

PM Chinh gifts PM Ibrahim a pack of Vietnamese coffee. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
PM Chinh gifts PM Ibrahim a pack of Vietnamese coffee. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During a casual discussion over coffee, Prime Minister Chinh graciously signed and presented English translations of various books exploring the life and legacy of Vietnam’s esteemed President Ho Chi Minh, as well as insightful literature on Vietnamese culture. Additionally, Prime Minister Chinh also presented a valuable book authored by the esteemed Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, which delves into the topic of socialism in Vietnam. This exchange took place between Prime Minister Chinh and Prime Minister Ibrahim.

PM Chinh (R) presents a book about Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh to PM Ibrahim (L). Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
PM Chinh (R) presents a book about Vietnam’s late President Ho Chi Minh to PM Ibrahim (L). Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During the welcoming ceremony, Prime Minister Ibrahim gifted Prime Minister Chinh with ‘Malaysia Madani’, a book penned by the former regarding his administration’s ambition to foster Malaysia’s development.

Malaysia Madani is a policy framework and government slogan introduced by Prime Minister Ibrahim, the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia.”

MADANI represents the Malay acronym for SCRIPT, which symbolizes sustainability, care and compassion, respect, innovation, prosperity, and trust.

To repay the warm welcome, PM Ibrahim presented ‘Malaysia Madani’, a book written by the Malaysian PM about goals to develop Malaysia under his administration, to PM Chinh. In this photo, PM Ibrahim is explaining the meaning of the book’s title. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
To repay the warm welcome, PM Ibrahim presented ‘Malaysia Madani’, a book written by the Malaysian PM about goals to develop Malaysia under his administration, to PM Chinh. In this photo, PM Ibrahim is explaining the meaning of the book’s title. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his two-day visit to Vietnam, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim embarked on a visit to the book street. This visit was scheduled from Thursday to Friday and extended at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Minh Chinh.

PM Chinh scans a bank card to pay for drinks at a terrace cafe at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
PM Chinh scans a bank card to pay for drinks at a terrace cafe at the 19-12 book street in Hanoi, July 21, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim (R) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh (L) for his warm reception for the top Malaysian official during his two-day visit to Vietnam from Thursday to Friday. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim (R) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh (L) for his warm reception for the top Malaysian official during his two-day visit to Vietnam from Thursday to Friday. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Before leaving, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his spouse to visit Malaysia on the nearest day. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre
Before leaving, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his spouse to visit Malaysia on the nearest day. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

During his visit, Prime Minister Ibrahim held discussions with senior Vietnamese officials, including Prime Minister Chinh, Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Vo Van Thuong, and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue. He also participated in various sideline events.

Malaysia stands as Vietnam’s leading trade partner within the ASEAN region and the ninth-largest globally, showcasing commendable bilateral trade figures that totaled US$14.8 billion in the previous year.

According to official reports, Malaysia currently has a total of 718 valid Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in Vietnam. These projects have a combined pledged capital of approximately $13 billion, showcasing Malaysia’s significant presence as one of the top 10 investors in Vietnam.

The two nations have experienced significant growth and success in their cooperation in education, labor, tourism, and aviation.

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