Mexican Secretary of Culture Maria Cristina Garcia Cepeda and Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong (Photo: VNA)

Mexico City (VNA) – Increasing cultural exchanges based on traditional friendship and cooperation as well as cultural and historical similarities have promote mutual understanding between Vietnam and Mexico, said a Mexican official.

Mexican Secretary of Culture Maria Cristina Garcia Cepeda made the comment while receiving Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong on June 8.

At the reception, the diplomat conveyed to his host the greetings and expectation to increase bilateral cultural exchanges from Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien.

Duong said he hopes to receive further support of the Mexican Secretariat of Culture in boosting joint cultural activities between Vietnam and Mexico in art, literature, music, photography, painting, and cultural heritage preservation.

He mentioned a culture – education cooperation pact signed by Vietnam and Mexico for 2015 – 2019, with a vision toward 2020, the year the two countries will celebrate 45 years of their diplomatic relations.

Agreeing with proposals made by the Vietnamese ambassador, Maria Cristina Garcia Cepeda lauded the embassy’s plan to organise a Vietnamese cultural week on the occasion of Vietnam’s National Day in September. The event will feature Vietnamese contemporary art, films and culinary delights.

The minister pledged to direct relevant agencies in facilitating the Vietnamese Embassy’s organisation of cultural promotion and exchange activities.-VNA