Switzerland's National Day, diplomatic ties with Viet Nam celebrated in Ha Noi

A ceremony was held in Ha Noi on August 5 evening to celebrate Switzerland's 730th National Day (1291-2021) and the 50th founding anniversary of Viet Nam-Switzerland diplomatic relations (1971-2021) with the attendance of Swiss Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis.
Switzerland's National Day, diplomatic ties with Vietnam celebrated in Hanoi
Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam Nguyen Thi Hong presents a gift to Swiss Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ignazio Cassis.

At the event, the State Bank of Viet Nam's Governor Nguyen Thi Hong, on behalf of the Viet Namese Government, congratulated the Swiss Government and people on the occasion.

With support from international friends, including Switzerland, Viet Nam is sparing no efforts to push back the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

Hong expressed her hope that there will be more high-ranking delegations and friends from Switzerland to visit Viet Nam as well as more people from the European country to form connections with Viet Nam.

Cassis said the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs supports the designing and construction of the 'Geneva Conference Room' within a new building of the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam to support the facility's training and research on international relations.

With 177 direct investment projects in Viet Nam and total registered capital of about 1.9 billion USD, Switzerland currently ranks 20th among 140 countries and territories directly investing in the Southeast Asian nation.

Despite adverse impacts from the COVID-19 epidemic, two-way trade between Viet Nam and Switzerland reached 863.5 million USD in 2020.

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(Source: VNA)