Hanoi (VNA)President Tran Dai Quang on July 20 conveyed greetings to Belgium’s King Philippe I on the occasion of the Belgian National Day (July 21).

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent congratulations to his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel.

On the special occasion, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also cabled a message of celebration to Foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders.

Since Vietnam and Belgium set up diplomatic ties in 1973, bilateral partnership has continued to grow. The two countries have held high-level meetings and visits regularly, while also supporting each other at international forums.

Economic and trade cooperation has played a key role in bilateral ties. In 2017, two-way trade reached nearly 2.5 billion USD. Belgium is currently running more than 60 projects worth about 600 million USD in Vietnam. -VNA