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Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese embassies in Cambodia and Algeria hosted celebrations for the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) on January 19.

Ambassador to Cambodia Thach Du recognised the significant contributions of overseas Vietnamese to the homeland’s socio-economic-cultural development and international cooperation.

He highlighted the growing relations between Vietnam and Cambodia, noting that Vietnam is currently the fifth biggest investor and the third largest trade partner of Cambodia.

As of October 2016, two-way trade surpassed 2.38 billion USD, he cited.

The Ambassador reiterated the Party and State’s consistent viewpoint of regarding the Vietnamese community abroad and particularly in Cambodia as an indispensable part of the Vietnamese nation.

He revealed that Vietnam and Cambodia will join hands to host a number of activities to mark the 50th founding anniversary of their diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967) this year.

Meanwhile, Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru underlined Vietnam’s achievements in politics, tourism and economics in 2016.

Vietnam and Algeria have enhanced collaboration in various fields, he said, referring to the positive developments in the bilateral economic-trade partnership.

He noted that Algeria is the fourth biggest export market of Vietnam in Africa with the export turnover reaching nearly 270 million USD in 2016.

Vietnam also invested in oil and gas production in Algeria. The oil and gas joint venture between Vietnam, Algeria and Thailand began commercial operation since 2015, pumping around 18,000 barrels per day.

Labour cooperation saw a boom in the 1980s and 1990s with thousands of Vietnamese experts and workers working in Algeria in a range of sectors, from education, healthcare to agriculture and construction, Tru said.

He added that the two countries will celebrate the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2017 with activities aimed at reinforcing and enhancing their long-standing rapports and multi-faced cooperation.-VNA