A photo exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-UK diplomatic ties opened in Hanoi on September 30.

In his opening speech, Lord Puttnam, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia expressed his pleasure to see the exhibition which is themed “Vietnam-UK Relations-from the Past to the Future.”

Being the one who joined marches to protest the war in Vietnam in the 1960s, the diplomat said he hopes that the two countries will continue to develop the bilateral friendship and cooperation.

According to Vietnam News Agency Deputy General Director Ngo Ha Thai, 100 selected photos reflect cooperation between Vietnam and the UK in various areas, including politics, economics, culture and education, science and technology.

It also shows visitors the images of Britain through the lens of Vietnamese photographers, he added.

The Deputy Director General said he believes that the exhibition will help promote mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples, contributing to strengthening the friendship, solidarity and bilateral cooperation.

The event, jointly held by the Vietnam News Agency and the British Embassy, will run until October 6.-VNA