The new Finnish Ambassador H.E. Mr. Kimmo Lähdevirta has presented the Letter of Credentials from the President of Finland Tarja Halonen, accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, to the President of Vietnam H.E. Mr. Truong Tan Sang. The Ceremony was organized at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on 5 October, 2011.
In congratulating President Truong Tan Sang to be elected by the National Assembly as the Head of State, Ambassador Lähdevirta conveyed the warm regards of President Tarja Halonen to President Truong Tan Sang.
In the capacity of the Head of State, President Truong Tan Sang congratulated the great achievements gained by the Finnish people in all fields in the recent times.
President Truong Tan Sang affirmed to make the best favorable conditions to facilitate Ambassador Lähdevirta during his important mission in Vietnam, making a contribution to the good relations between Vietnam and Finland. The President said Vietnam highly appreciates the relations and cooperation with Finland and hope this will be further strengthened during the Ambassador’s mission since there is still a lot of potential for cooperation between the two countries.
Ambassador Lähdevirta expressed his great honor to continue the efforts of his predecessors in deepening relations between Vietnam and Finland, especially in the field of trade and economic cooperation. He is happy with the multifaceted cooperation between Finland and Vietnam and meanwhile appreciates the efficiency of implementation of the official development assistance. Ambassador Lähdevirta believes that the people of Vietnam will gain great success in the coming years.
In thanking the President for the call, Ambassador Lähdevirta expressed his wish to bring the relations and cooperation between the two countries to a new height during his tenure in Vietnam.
Ambassador Kimmo Lähdevirta arrived in Hanoi on 1 September, 2011. Before taking up the post in Hanoi, Ambassador Lähdevirta has served in the Embassy of Finland in Beijing and in London, and in the Permanent Mission in New York. He has also served in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki in different capacities, dealing mostly with political and European issues.