The Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association organised a meeting in Hanoi on May 30 in celebration of Italy’s National Day (June 2, 1946).

Speaking at the meeting, Chairman of the friendship association Nguyen Van Nam highlighted the development process of Italy over the past 69 years as well as the Italian people’s creativity, passion and dedication to the development of their country.

He also recalled the warm feelings and valuable supports of generations of Italian leaders and people for Vietnam in the past struggle for national independence and the nation-building process today.

For her part, Italian Vice Ambassador to Vietnam Natalia Sangitini affirmed that the Italian Embassy in collaboration with the Vietnam-Italy Friendship Association will implement a series of activities to nourish the friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries and peoples.

Vietnam and Italy established diplomatic ties in 1973. Italy was the first Western European country to encourage cooperation between Vietnam and Europe; today, the country is one of Vietnam's leading EU trade partners.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and Italy posted at 2.98 billion EUR (3.3 billion USD) in 2014, the highest value among the southeast Asian nations.-VNA