18 Nov 2013 14:50pm
By: Joseph Nekaya
HANOI, 18 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday for a three-day state visit.
Accompanied by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and several senior government officials, the Namibian president landed at 14h30 at Noi Bai International Airport in the Vietnamese capital.
This is Pohambas first visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since he took over the reins as Namibian Head of State from founding President Dr Sam Nujoma in March 2005.
Pohambas visit to Vietnam is at the invitation of that countrys President Truong Tan Sang.
The Namibian Head of State was received at Noi International Airport by the Chairperson of Presidents Office Dao Viet Trung, Minister in attendance Nguyen Van Thao, Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief of State Protocol Cao Chinh Thien.
Namibias Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein; the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorua; Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana; Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau and Minister Counsellor of the Namibian Embassy in China Theo Grunewald who had arrived earlier in Vietnam were also at the airport to meet the president.
During the state visit, Pohamba, and his delegation are scheduled to hold bilateral talks with President Sang and his government ministers on Tuesday, which will be preceded by a welcoming ceremony which will be held at the Presidential Palace in the Capital.
The Namibian leader is also expected to lay wreaths at the Monument of National Heroes and Martyrs and also at the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh before attending a state banquet by host President Truong Tan Sang.
Pohamba will also pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Chairperson of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung
Other places to be visited are the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Garment 10 Corporation-joint Stock Company and Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.
President Pohamba and his delegation are expected to return back to Namibia on Thursday.