Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam – Armenia Friendship Association held a meeting in Hanoi on September 17 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Armenia’s Independence Day (September 21, 1991).

Chairman of the association Nguyen Van Thuan said Vietnamese people always remember the valuable assistance of the Armenian State and people during the struggle for national independence and territorial integrity, which significantly contributed to the establishment of the friendship between the two countries.

He also thanked Armenia for supporting Vietnamese students in the country.

Armenian Ambassador Raisa Vardanyan expressed his belief that the bilateral ties will thrive in the near future, especially in economy, culture and education. He said his embassy welcomes and supports activities to enhance the Vietnam – Armenia traditional friendship.

Vietnam and Armenia set up diplomatic relations in 1992 and since then the bilateral cooperation has expanded across the fields. The two sides have also coordinated and supported each other at international forums.

The Vietnam – Armenia Friendship Association in particular has helped maintain and strengthen solidarity, amity and mutual understanding between the two nations’ people.-VNA