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Hanoi (VNA) – A banquet was held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Brazil to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day, introducing Vietnamese cuisine, cultural heritages and landscapes. 

The August 28 gathering was attended by more than 350 Brazilian parliamentarians, officials, diplomats and representatives from the local business community.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Do Ba Khoa reminded his guests of the important milestone in Vietnam’s history 72 years ago when the August Revolution took place and of the country’s achievements in ensuring stability, strengthening national unity, economic development, improving living standards for people, expanding relations with foreign countries and implementing UN Millennium Development Goals.

Khoa highlighted the development of Vietnam-Brazil cooperation in politics, economy and trade, security and defence, science and industry, and culture and education since the two countries established a comprehensive partnership in 2007. The development is also reflected by the two nations’ support for each other at international and regional forums, he added.

He went on to give attendees an overview of Vietnam-Brazil relations in economy and trade, saying two-way trade grew from 59 million USD in 2004 to 4 billion USD in 2015 and was estimated at 3.2 billion USD last year. 

Vietnam’s Hue and Hai Phong cities have set up sister-city relations with Brazil’s São Luis, Maranhão and Curitiba, Paraná, respectively while people-to-people relations have also been enhanced with the establishment of Vietnam – Brazil friendship organisations, the ambassador added.

Vietnam and Brazil have potential for development in tourism cooperation, he said, voicing his hope to deepen ties between the two countries. -VNA