Vietnam-Swiss cultural festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations | Culture – Sports
Geneva (VNA) – A Vietnam – Switzerland cultural festival was held on October 16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries (1971 – 2021), and to strengthen people-to-people exchanges and cultural and economic cooperation.
Geneva State Council Vice President Mauro Poggia and World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus were present at the event.
In her welcoming remarks, Vietnamese Ambassador to Switzerland Le Linh Lan highly appreciated the achievements in bilateral ties, saying 2021 has special significance as the year marks the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. and the 30th anniversary of their development cooperation. .
Switzerland was one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, she said, noting that bilateral relations have experienced dynamic development in all areas, from politics, diplomacy, trade and investment, culture, education and training, and community trade.
She added that the development cooperation projects funded by Switzerland have greatly contributed to the socio-economic growth of Vietnam and its achievement of the Millennium Goals and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Lan took the opportunity to thank Switzerland for donating 5 million Swiss francs (US $ 5.4 million) in medical supplies to help Vietnam fight COVID-19. The donation demonstrates solidarity with Vietnam in these difficult times, she said.
Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other international organizations in Geneva, also welcomed the growing friendship between Vietnam and Switzerland, declaring from Geneva that the two countries have actively promoted multilateralism and the intensification of multifaceted cooperation.
The two ambassadors promised that the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland and the Vietnamese Permanent Mission in Geneva will do their best to strengthen, with Swiss friends, the long-standing friendship and partnership as well as economic and cultural exchanges between the two countries and their localities.
Mauro Poggia, vice-president of the Council of State of Geneva, said the 50-year relationship would lay a solid foundation for further strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially economy, trade, sustainable development and aid. humanitarian aid post-COVID-19.
Vietnam is a very dynamic partner with promising economic prospects for Switzerland, Poggia said.
He revealed that the Swiss Foreign Ministry will sponsor the construction of a world-class conference hall at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, called the Geneva Conference Hall. The gift is a tribute to international dialogue and to “the spirit of Geneva”, he noted. /.