Le Thanh Liem, Permanent Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Polish Embassy in Vietnam on November 15 joined hands with the Union of Friendship Organisations in Ho Chi Minh City and some partners to organise a meeting celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland’s Independence Day (November 11).

In his remarks, Le Thanh Liem, Permanent Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said Poland is a genuine friend who has accompanied Vietnam since the two countries set up diplomatic ties in 1950.

He highlighted Poland’s wholehearted support to Vietnam during its struggle for national independence and liberation, as well as in the present national construction and development.

According to Liem, the 40,000-strong Vietnamese community in Poland at present and thousands of others who used to study in the country have served as a bridge linking the two countries, and a resource of development for each side.

The city leader highlighted remarkable events in the relations between HCM City and Poland, such as Polish President Andrzei Duda’s visit to HCM City, the inauguration of the office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency and the visa centre for Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the Vietnam-Poland Business Forum in the city last year. Such events have helped both sides better tap potential for cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, training and other spheres, he said.

HCM City will continue to closely coordinate with the Polish Embassy and other competent agencies to elevate the bilateral cooperative ties to a new high, matching the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Poland, he promised.  

Polish Ambassador Wojciech Gerwel said despite geographical distance, Vietnam and Poland are close to each other as they share similarities in the struggle for national independence.

The close relationship has been nurtured by generations of Vietnamese students in Poland and the Vietnamese community, he said.

Poland highly appreciates HCM City – a busy commercial centre which plays an increasingly important role. It is the reason why the Polish Investment and Trade Agency has selected the city as one of the first destinations to open its representative office, he noted.

The ambassador expressed his hope that more Polish companies can seek business partners in HCM City, contributing to promoting the bilateral ties in the years to come.-VNA