Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien (L) and Vice President of Lombardy Region Fabrizio Sala (Photo: VNA)

Rome (VNA) – Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien said that he hoped that Milan city and the region of Lombardy will become a pillar in the relations between Vietnam and Italy.

He made the statement during a meeting with Vice President of Lombardy Region Fabrizio Sala and Mayor of Milan city Giuliano Pisapia, which was held following trade promotion activities in the Liguria and Veneto regions in north Italy.

Ambassador Thien noted that the two sides should enhance locality and business delegation exchanges.

Sala spoke highly of Vietnam’s achievements in socio-economy and international integration as well as the two countries’ sound relations in past years while underscoring Vietnam’s contributions to Expo Milan 2015.

He highlighted that enterprises in Lombardy are interested in business opportunities in Vietnam and Lombardy encourages and facilitates its enterprises to access investment information and operate in Vietnam.

Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia said that direct flights connecting Vietnam and Italy should be set up to promote trade, tourism and cultural exchanges.

He added that Italian small and medium enterprises have made robust achievements in the Vietnamese market.

Ambassador Thien also attended and delivered speech at a conference on the Vietnamese economy, tourism and culture held by the Italy-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Vietnamese Entrepreneurs in Italy.

A delegation from north and north-west Italy will visit Vietnam to study business-investment opportunities by the end of this year.-VNA