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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Belarus Friendship Association (VBFA) on July 2 hosted a ceremony in Hanoi to celebrate Belarus' National Day (July 3) and the 25 th anniversary of Independence Day (December 27).

In his speech, VBFA President Nguyen Thai Lai highlighted the significance of the event to the friendship and cooperation between the two nations and people.

The VBFA serves as a bridge to further promote the bilateral ties, he stressed.

Belarusian Ambassador to Vietnam Valery Sadokho affirmed that Vietnam is one of the major partners of his country in Asia.

The time-honoured friendship between the two countries has formed on the basis of mutual respect, trust and support, he said.

Bilateral relations have developed in various fields, especially in politics, economics-trade, and culture, he noted.

In 2016, the two foreign ministries have reached a consensus on the simplification of visa procedures for both sides’ citizens, which helps expand links and attract more Belarusian tourists to Vietnam.

Valery Sadokho expressed his belief that the Vietnam-Belarus relations will be stronger in the future, thus bringing more benefits to the two peoples.

On the occasion, the VBFA and the Belarusian Embassy in Vietnam launched a contest “Learning about Belarus and the Vietnam-Belarus relations”, which aims to promote cultural and tourism exchanges between the two nations.-VNA