Vietnamese people in Italy welcome Lunar New Year. (Photo: VNA)

Rome (VNA) – Overseas Vietnamese in Italy gathered to welcome traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) at a celebration held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Rome on January 25.

The event drew the participation of representatives from Italian agencies, international organisations and embassies of ASEAN countries in Rome.

Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Thi Bich Hue informed the attendees of Vietnam’s socio-economic development in 2018, with GDP growth of 7 percent - the highest level since 2008, and the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is expected to bring more opportunities for the Southeast Asian country to enhance trade with its partners, including Italy.

She highlighted the Vietnam-Italy ties, saying that both nations organised a wide range of activities in 2018 to mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 5th anniversary of their strategic partnership.

Last year also saw the signing of mumerous documents between the two countries in the year, she said, adding that thanks to cultural and people-to-people exchanges, Vietnam and Italy have been closer to each other than ever before.

On the occasion, she spoke highly of the Vietnamese people in Italy’s efforts to popularise Vietnamese culture in the southern European country, and hoped that they will further their work to promote the sound Vietnam-Italy relations.

Elsewhere, the Vietnamese Embassy in Mozambique coordinated with the Vietnamese People Association in the country also organised a get-together in Maputo to welcome Tet.

Celebration in Mozambique
(Photo: Vietnamese Embassy in Mozambique)

Vietnamese Ambassador Le Huy Hoang conveyed New Year wishes of the Party and State leaders to the Vietnamese expatriates, and talked about the nation’s socio-economic achievements in 2018.

He highlighted important events in the ties between Vietnam and Mozambique during 2018, especially the visit to the nation made by Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong, which helped tighten the bilateral relations.

The embassy has proactively worked with competent authorities in Mozambique, contributing to developing the bilateral ties in a more practical manner, he said.

Hailing efforts made by the Vietnamese people to overcome difficulties in Mozambique, the Ambassador said that the Vietnamese Party, State and Embassy are always ready to give timely support to them.-VNA