The South African Embassy in Hanoi celebrated the 21 st anniversary of the country’s Freedom Day (April 27) with a ceremony on the evening of April 22.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Kgomotso Ruth Magau emphasised the time-honoured friendship with Vietnam since the 1950s and expressed her wish to cement the ties further for mutual economic growth and better living standards for both nations’ people.

Foreign Deputy Minister Vu Hong Nam said Vietnam is proud to be a close friend with South Africa in the struggle for freedom and equality and one of the first countries establishing diplomatic relations with the Republic of South Africa.

He went on sharing his belief that the Vietnam-South Africa partnership for cooperation and development will maintain momentum with effective implementation of commitments made by the sides’ high-ranking officials.

More than 900 million USD in annual bilateral trade revenue makes South Africa the top African trade partner of Vietnam.-VNA