Visits to the European capital cities of Moscow, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest by a Hanoi delegation led by Pham Quang Nghi, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, have been declared a resounding success.

The working visits from November 19-29 boosted friendship and cooperation between the Vietnamese capital and Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, opening up bilateral prospects in urban management, cultural heritage preservation, trade and investment.

In Russia, Hanoi’s Secretary Party Nghi met with Ivan Melnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF).

He also held talks with Moscow leaders, visited the Rossiskaya Gazeta newspaper headquarters and attended the inauguration ceremony of the Hanoi-Moscow Culture, Trading and Hotel Centre, which marks a milestone in the cooperation between the two capital cities while contributing to the development of the wider strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia.

The two sides also discussed a number of specific measures to strengthen and broaden their multi-faceted cooperation in investment, culture, sports, tourism, education and healthcare.

Moscow Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov and Vice Chairman of Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh signed a memorandum of understanding on friendship and cooperation between the two cities.

During their tour of Poland, the delegation paid a courtesy call to Vice Speaker of the Polish Lower House, met the Mayor of Mazowieckie province and spoke with leaders of Warsaw city and the President of the Democratic Left Alliance of Poland.

Warsaw and Mazowieckie politicians hoped to share their experience in heritage conservation and socio-economic development with Hanoi.

In the Czech Republic, the delegation held working sessions with Vice President of the Communist Party of the Czech Republic and Moravia and leaders of Prague city, during which the two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in urban management and the preservation of cultural heritage, as well as economics and tourism.

Within the visit to Hungary, the delegation was received by the Budapest Mayor and the President of the Budapest-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Association.

The mayor reviewed the cooperation outcomes between Hanoi and Budapest’s sister localities: Long Bien district and District 18; Tay Ho district and District 16; and Son Tay town and Obuda district.

The two sides affirmed their determination to continue the effective implementation of agreements, while creating the best conditions for localities and agencies of both sides to enhance cooperation.

The delegation also met Vietnamese businesses and communities in the host countries.

Leaders of the four countries and their capital cities agreed that Hanoi has high cooperation potential, considering the city a prioritised partner.-VNA