Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao(second, right) and participants of the Vietnam-UK Network annual meeting (Photo: vietnamuknetwork.org.uk)

London (VNA) – The Vietnam-UK Network has contributed significantly to stimulating the strategic partnership between the two countries, said Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Van Thao at a recent meeting of the network.

Thao said the two partners overcame difficulties to secure sound cooperation outcomes last year, with bilateral trade revenue increasing 15 percent year-on-year.

There are 12,000 Vietnamese students studying in the UK, he added.

The diplomat noted that room for future cooperation remains extensive.

Alok Sharma, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific, also spoke highly of contributions made by the Vietnam – UK Network, adding that the growth of the bilateral partnership could play an important role in developing the Asia-Pacific economy.

The Vietnam-UK Network was established in January 2013, as part of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to the UK. It is an overarching umbrella group bringing together organisations and individuals with shared interests in Vietnam to promote Vietnam – UK cooperation.-VNA