The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Vietnam-UK Friendship Association held a get-together in Ho Chi Minh City on June 10 to celebrate the 85 th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom .

On the occasion, Chairman of the Vietnam – UK Friendship Association Huynh Ngoc An sent his congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

During the event, An and British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Tim Brownbill reviewed the friendship relations between Vietnam and the UK in most fields in the recent years, expressing their pleasure over the relations.

The bilateral cooperation between the two countries is expected to be further promoted in the future, especially in the fields of trade and education, aiming at driving the two-way trade turnover between Vietnam and the UK up to 4 billion USD and the UK ’s investment in Vietnam to 3 billion USD.

The UK pledged to support Vietnam in developing the Vietnam – Britain International University in the central city of Da Nang and establishing a branch of the university in Ho Chi Minh City , helping Vietnam reform the country’s education. The two sides have also committed to sending more students to study in each other’s country./.