Vietnam together with the Friendship Association of Belgium, Netherlands , Luxembourg and Asian countries (BELASIA) hosted the 19 th Asian Fair in the Belgian capital city of Brussels on Feb. 19 and 20.

Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Steven Vaackere and Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Nguyen Manh Dung, who is also head of the Vietnamese mission to the European Union, attended the event.

The annual fair, which drew the participation of 60 booths from 16 countries and territories in Asia, is aimed at promoting the tourism industry in Asia and showing the increasing interest of Belgian people in the region, said the Belgian Deputy PM.

It also helps to tighten friendship and development cooperation in numerous areas between Asian countries and Belgium , he added.

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency’s correspondent, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Doan Xuan Hung said the fair is a valuable chance to promote the land and people of Vietnam to European countries.

Apart from displaying traditional products, including handicrafts and bonsai products, and promoting the country’s tourism as well as the national flag carrier Vietnam Airline, Vietnam took the occasion to introduce a wide range of charitable activities launched by Belgian organisations to support Vietnamese children./.