Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association and the Romanian Embassy in Vietnam held a ceremony in Hanoi on November 29 to mark Romania’s 97th Great Union Day and the 65th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The association’s President Tong Van Nga extended his congratulations to Romania for its growth and thanked the country’s Government and people for supporting Vietnam during its struggle for national liberation and reunification.

Romania used to be one of the countries providing the most scholarships for Vietnamese students, who then contributed to Vietnam’s national reconstruction process.

The friendship association, made up mostly of Vietnamese people who studied in Romania, is seeking more opportunities to tighten the ties between the two countries.

Valeriu Arteni, Chargé d’Affaires at the Romanian Embassy, said that Vietnam is currently Romania’s leading trade partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with two-way trade enjoying significant growth in recent years.

He spoke highly of the role of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association in contributing to enhancing bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, culture, education and tourism. It has also promoted the image and culture of Romania in Vietnam and vice versa.-VNA