A special session has been held recently in Maranhão State, Brazil to celebrate upcoming major Vietnamese events, including the 40th anniversary of Southern Liberation and National Reunification.

Maranhão Parliament Vice Chairman Othelino Neto expressed his admiration of the late President Ho Chi Minh and the Party and people of Vietnam during their previous struggles and current development cause.

He went on to proclaim Maranhão wants to strengthen its friendship with the Southeast Asian nation.

His statement was well-received and seconded by Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Nguyen Van Kien.

On the occasion, the Maranhão Parliament together with the Vietnamese Embassy organised a film screening and a photo exhibition to promote Vietnam’s scenery and Vietnam-Brazil joint achievements thus far.

Maranhão boasts the second largest sea port in Brazil, holding promising potential for cooperation with Vietnam in agriculture, ore mining, garment & textiles and scientific research, among others.

In recent years, Vietnam and Brazil quickly raised their bilateral trade revenue from 1 billion USD in 2010 to almost 2.4 billion USD in 2013 and more than 3 billion USD in 2014. The trending growth makes Brazil the largest Vietnamese business partner in Latin America.-VNA