At the ceremony to mark the 100th Great Union Day of Romania in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA)

Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations held a ceremony in the city on December 1 to mark the 100th Great Union Day of Romania, manifesting the solidarity and friendship between the peoples of the city and Romania.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Vietnam – Romania Friendship Association of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Sy Thang stressed that Romania’s chairmanship of the European Union (EU) next year will be a good chance for the country to raise its position in international arena as well as for the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA). This is not only an opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises to enter the market in Europe, but also for Romanian ones to enter that in ASEAN through Vietnam, the official highlighted.

Over the past years, the association has taken an active part in implementing various activities, serving as a friendship bridge between the two peoples, Thang affimed, pledging that his organization will do its utmost to help push up the fine and traditional relations between the two countries, especially in the fields of trade, investment, cultural and education cooperation, and people-to-people exchange.

For his part, Romanian Ambassador Valeriu Arteni affirmed that the peoples of Romania and Vietnam are getting closer to each other, while the fine and traditional relations and cooperation between the two countries are developing unceasingly. During its term as the EU Chairman in the first six months of next year, Romania is ready to further intensify the cooperation with Vietnam and to strongly support the signing and ratification of the EVFTA at an early date.

The Romanian diplomat also highlighted the similarities in the histories of the two countries as a factor that contributes to the development of the bilateral bonds, and highly valued the role of the association, noting that it has conducted many effective activities in the people diplomacy that helps deepen the relations between the two countries.-VNA