Ceremony marks 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Italy diplomatic ties
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang, Ambassador Antonio Alessandro made a toast. (Photo: WVR/Quang Hoa)
Attending the event were Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang; President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga; Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Hanoi, Ambassador of Palestine to Vietnam Saadi Salama, former Ambassadors of Vietnam to Italy and representatives of a number of Italian Government agencies, international organizations in Hanoi.
Speaking at the opening of the ceremony, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro said numerous activities will be held this year to honour mutual understanding and cooperation between the two peoples.
|Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro has the opening remarks. (Photo: WVR/Quang Hoa)|
The logo marking the occasion, designed by a student from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, will be present in activities with the name “Italy - Viet Nam 2023” in Italian language and “Vietnam - Italy Year 2023” in Vietnamese language, he said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang said Vietnam and Italy have become reliable cooperation partners in many fields ranging from politics, diplomacy, investment, business to culture, tourism, education and training in both bilateral and multilateral aspects.
The upgrade of bilateral ties to strategic partnership in 2013 was a historic milestone in their relationship, she said, adding that Italy is one of the top European Union partners of Vietnam while Vietnam is the biggest ASEAN trade partner of Italy.
|Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang speaks at the ceremony. (Photo: WVR/Quang Hoa)|
The Deputy Foreign Minister expressed her belief that bilateral diplomatic ties will keep thriving, especially in investment and trade when both nations fully tap opportunities from the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement.
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Thi Thu Hang, Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Antonio Alessandro, VUFO President, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Hanoi, Ambassador of Palestine to Vietnam Saadi Salama, former Ambassadors of Vietnam to Italy take a group photo. (Photo: WVR/ Quang Hoa)
A number of high-level visits and special cultural events will be held in both nations this year, thus further promoting their relationship in the future, the Deputy Foreign Minister said.