Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Hanoi in particular always treasure the bilateral relations with Sweden, which are based on trust and sincerity and serve as a solid foundation for the two nations to foster the cooperation in the time to come, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has said.

The municipal official made the remark in Hanoi on May 7 while receiving Crown Princess of Sweden Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-Sweden diplomatic ties.

He informed his guest that following the visit of a delegation of 18 leading businesses of Sweden led by Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde in 2016, many Swedish firms have come to the capital city to explore cooperation and investment chances during the next two years. At present, investment projects of Sweden have played an important role to Hanoi’s economy, he noted.

Chung said that Hanoi is prioritising investment in waste treatment, advanced energy generation technologies, environmental technology, health, education, infrastructure, and especially smart city construction.

He voiced his hope that the Crown Princess’ visit will open up new opportunities for cooperation, stressing that authorities and people of Hanoi always regard Sweden as a close partner and friend.

For her part, Crown Princess Victoria Ingrid Alice Desiree expressed her delight in the thriving bilateral cooperation and Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

She added that by bolstering business cooperation and exchanges, the two sides have worked to strengthen the bilateral friendship for future generations.-VNA