Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao received a delegation of mayors of Finnish cities and provinces, who are on a visit to Vietnam from October 16-21.

At the reception, Thao highly valued the time-honoured traditional relationship between the Finnish and Vietnamese people, saying that in the current national development process, Vietnam continues to receive valuable support from Finland , especially in economics, culture and poverty reduction.

Finland ’s assistance for Hanoi in building a standard clean water plant and many other projects has helped improve the living standards of capital city residents, he said.

On behalf of the Finish delegation, Asko Peltola, Mayor of South Ostrobothnia, President of the Council of Mayors of Finland, spoke highly of Hanoi ’s development and the role of Vietnam in the world community.

Vietnam is a market of full potential, he said, adding that the visit will open up cooperative development opportunities between Vietnamese regions and Finland.

On the same day, the Hanoi mayor received Turkish Ambassador to Vietnam Ahmet Akif Oktay and Pakistani Ambassador Shahid M.G. Kiani./.