Vietnam and Algeria have agreed to deepen their sport cooperation following the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in April 2010.

The agreement was reached at a working session between deputy head of the Vietnam Sport Administration under the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lam Quang Thanh, and Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Tahmi, as part of the former’s recent tour.

The three-day visit, which started on June 21, aims to promote an action plan and proposals in the field conforming to the 2010-2014 MoU and the 10th session of the Vietnam-Algeria Intergovernmental Committee held in Hanoi from January 8-10, 2014, respectively.

During the 10th session, both countries were unanimous to step up all-around affiliation in economics, agriculture, information and communications, housing and urban development, among others.

Vietnamese martial arts, Vovinam, have become popular in the North African country, evidenced by the establishment of the Algeria Vovinam Federation (FAVV) last August.

There are about 8,000 martial artists practising in 140 Vovinam clubs across the country.-VNA