CPV General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the event (Source: VNA)
 
Moscow (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong attended a ceremony in Moscow, Russia on September 8 marking the 60th founding anniversary of the Russia – Vietnam Friendship Association (RVFA).

Speaking at the event, the Party leader expressed appreciation for the RVFA’s dynamic and creative activities over the past years, contributing to cementing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

In the past, the association held various movements in support of Vietnam in the fight against invaders, and in peacetime, the association continued to help Vietnam in its national reconstruction, he said.

General Secretary Trong hailed the RVFA for working closely with the Vietnam – Russia Friendship Association (VRFA) and the two countries’ agencies for publishing many books on Vietnam, holding international painting contests for children to offer them an insight into the cultures and friendship between the two nations, planting trees at the premise of President Ho Chi Minh Monument in Moscow.

The two associations have served as bridges to connect Vietnamese and Russian universities, vocational organisations and businesses, in order to foster ties across education-training, culture, trade-investment, he said.

The Party chief expressed his wish that the RVFA would better perform its role as a bridge connecting the two peoples, promoting ties between localities and businesses on mutually beneficial basis, thus bringing the two countries’ young generations closer.

On the occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh presented the Labour Order, first class, to the RVFA, and the Labour Order, third class, to RVFA President V.Buyanov.

VRFA President and Editor-in-Chief of Bach Duong magazine Nguyen Dang Phat was presented with the insignia “For Coordination in Actions” by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Many RVFA members were honoured with the Friendship Order and Friendship Medal of the Vietnamese State.

Established on July 31, 1958, the RVFA is one of the oldest social organisations in Russia that operates in people-to-people diplomacy.-VNA