A series of cultural activities have been taking place in Nicosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus, during the Vietnam Days, which runs from January 18-30.

Attending the event, Nicosia Acting Governor Eleni Loucaidou said the Vietnam Days will contribute to bringing the two countries’ people closer together, adding that Nicosia is willing to help Vietnam in organising such events in the future.

At a Vietnam tourism promotion seminar in the framework of the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy and Cyprus Nguyen Hoang Long introduced the Vietnamese country and its culture and people to Cypriot friends.

Representatives from Cyprus travel companies said they are interested in Vietnam as a new, potential market with good infrastructure, safety and low cost.

The Vietnam Days also includes an exhibition featuring 30 photos on Vietnam’s islands and seas taken by photographer Gian Thanh Son.

The Vietnam Days in Cyprus is the first event of a festive programme to celebrate 40 years of bilateral diplomatic relations (1975 - 2015).

Cyprus is currently home to around 12,000 Vietnamese people.-VNA