VUFO and ICAV representatives pose for a photo at the meeting (Photo: thoidai.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phonghas affirmed that the union pays great attention to partnership with the Institute of Argentine-Vietnamese Culture (ICAV) and hopes to further promote the ties.

Meeting with a visiting delegation from theinstitute led by President Poldi Maria Sosa Schmidt in Hanoi onMarch 22,Phong affirmed that the ICAV has been a direct and close partner of the VUFO.

Since its establishment 20 years ago, the institute has contributed to the growth of the Vietnam-Argentina relations through activities such as holding photo exhibitions and film screenings, and publishing a bulletin on Vietnam, among others, he said.

Phong held that despite the long distance, the people of the two countries have given each other warmest sentiments.

He recalled the support of Argentina to Vietnam during the struggle for national independence, while noting that bilateral ties have been growing with 23 bilateral agreements.

Last year, two-way trade reached about 3 billion USD, he said, adding that Vietnam is among prioritised markets of Argentina in Asia.

On her part, Poldi Maria Sosa Schmidt lauded the fruitful cooperation between the VUFO and ICAV over the past years, expressing hope to further strengthen their relations.

She said that her visit aims to deepen the solidarity between Vietnam and Argentina, learn more about the country and people of Vietnam and seek measures to bolster affiliation and mutual support between the two sides in a number of promising areas.-VNA