The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and Vietnam Algeria Friendship Union (VAFU) celebrated the 60 th national day of Algeria (November 1,1954-2014) in Hanoi on October 30.

Participants included the Vice President of VUFO Nguyen Thi Hoang Van, the Algerian Ambassador to Vietnam Cherif Chikhi, and other senior Vietnamese officials.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Construction and President of VAFU Nguyen Tran Nam highlighted the development of the traditional friendship between the two countries in a number of fields.

Bilateral trade reached nearly 284 million USD in 2013, up by 36 percent compared to the year before.

On his part, Ambassador Cherif Chikhi affirmed the successful economic cooperation between Vietnam and Algeria, especially on the forthcoming petroleum manufacturing facility in Algeria’s region of Touggourt.-VNA