Vietnamese and Swedish citizens met up in Hanoi on October 30 to review their countries’ friendship since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties 45 years ago.

Sweden formed diplomatic ties with Vietnam on January 11, 1969 and has since provided Vietnam with extensive non-refundable aid, former Deputy Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Vietnam–Sweden Friendship Association Hoang The Lien said.

The Chairman recalled the movements supporting Vietnam’s struggle for national independence in Sweden, saying that many Vietnamese always think about the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme with deep respect and gratitude.

In her speech, Swedish Ambassador Camilla Mellander said Sweden wants to develop trade with Vietnam, and could support Vietnam in green technology and sustainable practices.

Swedish investors are keen to invest in urban transport, health care, clean technology, banking, information technology and communication sector. Two-way trade between Vietnam and Sweden increased by almost 28 percent annually and exceeded 1 billion USD for the first time in 2013, she said.

Participants spoke highly of the continuous and effective support the Swedish government and people offered to Vietnam, mentioning the Bai Bang paper mill, the National Hospital of Paediatrics and Uong Bi general hospital as examples.

The event was part of the celebrations organised on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – Sweden diplomatic ties.-VNA