Vietnam is an important partner for Colombia in the Asian-Pacific region, Colombia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Patty Londono said at a ceremony in Bogota last week to mark the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Colombia.

Colombia prioritised to boost cooperation with Vietnam in politics, culture and education, particularly the dispatch of teachers to teach the Spanish language and the regular participation in Hue festivals, he added.

The two countries also maintained regular high-level meetings and supported each other at regional and international forums.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Venezuela and Colombia Ngo Tien Dung highly valued Colombia’s opening its embassy in Hanoi.

He affirmed that Vietnam is keen to further promote comprehensive cooperation with Colombia.

He reminded President Truong Tan Sang’s invitation to Colombian President Manuel Santos to visit Vietnam and said he wishes that the two countries’ foreign ministries will arrange the visit soon.

As part of activities to mark the anniversary, a number of cultural events, such as culinary exhibitions and art performances, were organised to introduce the land and people of Vietnam to Colombian people.-VNA