Rome (VNA) – Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella sent his best wishes to the entire Vietnamese people and President Tran Dai Quang on his message of greetings to President Tran Dai Quang on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

In the message, he said that Italy and Vietnam have enjoyed a sound friendship and officially set up their diplomatic ties on March 23, 1973. Since then, the two countries’ relations have been growing robustly across the board through the exchange of high-ranking delegations.

A Joint Statement on the Italy-Vietnam Strategic Partnership signed in 2013 marked an important milestone in the two countries’ ties and also concretized their common desire to elevate the Hanoi-Rome relations to a step higher. It also served as an essential tool to deepen the cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Italy and Vietnam have also achieved an array of good results in multilateral relations, President Sergio Mattarella wrote, expressing his expectations that based on their commitments to dealing with global challenges, the two countries could make more constructive contributions to the international community in the fight against climate change and realize development goals to 2030.

The Italian leader concluded the message by sending his best wishes to the entire Vietnamese people and President Tran Dai Quang.

On the occasion, President Tran Dai Quang cabled a message of greetings to President Sergio Mattarella and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh sent a congratulatory message to Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.-VNA