Hanoi (VNA) - State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent his greetings to President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina on the African nation’s 61st Independence Day (June 26, 1960-2021).

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son also cabled a message of greetings to his Malagasy counterpart Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba A. S. Oliva.

Vietnam and Madagascar established diplomatic relations on December 19, 1972.

Madagascar is the fourth largest island country in the world, with a coastline of 4,828 kilometres and a population of 24.5 million people. The country’s economy relies on agriculture, mining, tourism, and garment and textiles./.