Relations and cooperation between Vietnam with the Czech Republic and Slovakia were reviewed at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 31 by the municipal Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and the Vietnam-Czech and Vietnam-Slovakia friendship associations.

Speaking at the ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the two European nations, HUFO President Le Hung Quoc stressed that Vietnamese people always remember and appreciate valuable support from governments of the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Vietnam over last decades.

Over the last 65 years, friendship and all-around connection between Vietnam and the two countries have been constantly strengthened and developed, with many cooperation agreements being signed.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Vietnam Martin Klepetko highlighted fruitful results in the bilateral diplomatic ties over the last 65 years, saying that his country will work together with Vietnam to bring their relations to a higher level, especially in economics, politics, and culture.

Slovakian Ambassador to Vietnam Igor Pacolak said he hopes Vietnam and Slovakia will further promote their ties at all levels.

He revealed that his country will accelerate economic and cultural projects in Vietnam in the time ahead, aiming to upgrade the Vietnam-Slovakia relations in to a comprehensive strategic partnership in the future.

The Czech Republic is one of regular official development assistance (ODA) providers for Vietnam. Export-import turnover between Vietnam and the country in 2014 was valued at 294 million USD.

Meanwhile, Slovakia is Vietnam’s second largest trade partner and important investor in Central and Eastern Europe. Total of export-import turnover between the two countries reached over 309 million USD. Slovakia has poured 305 million USD into projects in Vietnam so far.-VNA