Italian President asserts treasuring ties with Vietnam hinh anh 1Italian President Sergio Mattarella (right) and Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Thi Bich Hue (Photo: VNA)

Rome (VNA)
– Italy attaches importance to developing the strategic partnership with Vietnam – its leading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Italian President Sergio Mattarella has said.

The Italian leader made the affirmation at a reception for Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Nguyen Thi Bich Hue who came to present her credentials on January 21.

Mattarella recalled his fruitful visit to Vietnam in 2015 and congratulated the country on its great achievements on socio-economic development and international integration.

The host asked Hue to convey his regards and greetings to General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong.

In reply, Hue expressed her honour to work as Vietnam’s ambassador to Italy, which, she said, holds important role and position in Europe and the world at large.

She congratulated Italy on its successful Chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2018 as well as Matera city selected as the European capital of culture in 2019.

The diplomat stressed Vietnam’s policy of prioritising the development of comprehensive cooperation with Italy, and pledged to make all-out efforts to fulfill her tasks in the country, contributing to forging the bilateral strategic partnership.

On this occasion, Hue extended Party General Secretary and President Trong’s invitation to President Mattarella to visit Vietnam.-VNA