People-to-people diplomacy important to Vietnam-Russia ties: conference hinh anh 1At the conference on October 20 (Photo: VNA)
Moscow (VNA) – People-to-people diplomacy has played a prominent role in strengthening the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership in the past years, heard a conference held in Moscow on October 20.

The event was jointly organised by the Russia – Vietnam Friendship Association, Vietnam – Russia Friendship Association, Russia’s Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriota Residing Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), the Vietnamese business community in Russia, and several partners.

It drew the participation of more than 100 representatives from governmental agencies, social organisations, friendship organisations, scholars, business people and students.

In his speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh stressed the workshop is a vivid illustration of the sound collaboration between friendship organisations of both sides.

He expressed his belief that the two friendship associations will enhance activities, contributing to developing the Vietnam-Russia ties in a more intensive and sustainable manner.

Meanwhile, Professor Vladimir Buyanov, Chairman of the Russia – Vietnam Friendship Association and Director of the Moscow Academy of Economics and Law, spoke highly of the people-to-people diplomacy in promoting the Russia – Vietnam relations, and the young generations should have thorough understanding of the long-standing friendship.

He hoped the conference will find new approaches and measures to develop the people-to-people diplomacy between the two countries.

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga, for her part, said achievements in the Vietnam-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership  have create premise for both sides to step up people-to-people exchange and cooperation.

Nearly 15 reports highlightinging experience in promoting people-to-people diplomacy were delivered at the event./.