At the get-together to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations in Ho Chi Minh City (HUFO) on June 18 held a get-together to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Vietnam-UK Friendship Association Tran Hung Viet said the annual celebration takes place in the context Vietnam and the European country are enjoying sound relations, particularly in economy, trade, and education-training.

He took the occasion to thanked competent authorities and organisations of the UK for supporting the association to perform its tasks, while committing to doing his utmost to connect citizens in the Vietnamese southern hub and the UK, contributing to promoting cooperation and exchanges between the two nations.

Consul General of the UK Ian Gibbons, who is also director of the UK Trade & Investment in Vietnam, for his part, rejoiced at the fruitful bilateral relations, which have been bolstered via high-level visits, and cooperative programmes in the fields of education-training, defence, infrastructure development and healthcare, among others.

He stressed Vietnam-UK ties are developed based on the people-to-people diplomacy as well as mutual respect and understanding, describing the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday as a positive step to treasure the diplomatic ties and bolster the bilateral relations.

To date, with 149 projects worth 616 million USD, the UK is the 11th largest investors among 106 countries and territories having investments in HCM City. Last year, two-way trade reached 761 million USD.

HCM City is running various effective cooperative programmes in education and training with the UK.-VNA