Hanoi's leaders plant trees to celebrate the 100th Independence Day of Finland (December 6). (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A get-together was held in Hanoi on December 7 to celebrate the 100th Independence Day of Finland (December 6).

The event drew the participation of Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and President of the Vietnam-Finland Friendship Association Ha Cong Tuan, Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto, among others.

Addressing the event, Tuan lauded the growth of Finland in all fields, while thanking Finnish people for supporting Vietnam during the past struggle for independence and the post-war hardship time through building water supply works, hospitals and shipyards.

Vietnam always treasures the traditional friendship with Finland, stated Tuan, noting that the Government and people of Finland have continued their help for Vietnam, including renovations in all fields.

He held that in the new period, the two countries are eyeing new development cooperation opportunities and advantages to developing bilateral ties, including contributions of the 9,000-Vietnamese community in Finland.

For his part, Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto thanked the Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations and the Vietnam-Finland Friendship Association for organising the event.

He expressed his belief that friendship between the two countries will thrive in economy, culture, and education. The diplomat affirmed that the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam always supports activities to strengthen bilateral traditional ties.-VNA