Budapest (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, during his official visit to Hungary, received in Budapest on September 10 Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom who is also on a trip to the country.

General Secretary Trong congratulated the Prince on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK (September 11, 1973 - 2018), expressing his delight at the development of the two countries’ strategic partnership in recent times.

Vietnam always attaches importance to developing relations with the UK - one of the leading partners of Vietnam, he said, proposing that the two sides should continuously promote the strategic partnership between the two countries in a practical and effective manner, especially in politics, diplomacy, economy, culture, education, and environment.

The General Secretary highly valued the development of economic and trade relations between the two countries in recent years, affirming that Vietnam will create favourable conditions for British businesses to increase and expand their business and long-term investment in Vietnam.

Prince Andrew congratulated the General Secretary on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the UK-Vietnam diplomatic ties, and expressed the British royal family’s friendly feelings toward the country and people of Vietnam.

He affirmed that the UK attaches importance to boosting relations with Vietnam, and stressed that he will continue to contribute to strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries.-VNA