The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) awarded the insignia “For Peace and Friendship among Nations” for Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Torda Eszter at a ceremony in Hanoi on March 19.

Addressing the event, VUFO’s Vice President Don Tuan Phong acknowledged the diplomat’s meritorious service to the friendship and wide-ranging cooperation between Vietnam and Hungary, particularly in banking, education, trade, judicial system, and wastewater treatment.

During her three-year tenure, Ambassador Torda Eszter has contributed to facilitating high-ranking visits between the two nations and played a role in the signing of several important bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding at governmental and ministerial levels, he said.

For her part, the diplomat revealed that a series of activities will be launched to cement the Vietnam-Hungary ties.

Accordingly, Hungary will reopen its consulate general in Ho Chi Minh City, present 100 scholarships to Vietnam which double 2014’s figure, and implement two collaborative programmes in healthcare and water.

This year, Vietnam and Hungary celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (Feb 3, 1950).-VNA