The Vietnam-Switzerland Friendship Association held a concert in Zurich on December 7 to mark its 30 th anniversary.

The concert received support and assistance from the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland. It is one of the practical activities calling for donations to the Vietnam Association for Children Victims of Agent Orange.

Addressing the concert, Nguyen The Phiet, Vietnam’s Ambassador to Switzerland, stressed that the Vietnam-Switzerland Friendship Association, founded in 1982, has contributed to connecting Vietnamese and Swiss people in friendship over the past 30 years. It has also organised practical activities to raise money for Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.

Anjuska Weil, Chairwoman of the association, said that they have known about the issue of Agent Orange in Vietnam since the 1980s thanks to the work of scientists like Prof. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong (Vice President of Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange), Prof. Le Cao Dai and Prof. Vo Quy. The association has helped expand Swiss people’s understanding of the issue through websites, exhibitions, speeches and other cultural activities.

Struggling for Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange will continue to be the theme of their operations in the future. In addition, the association will maintain projects like Supporting Capital for the Elderly, prepare research tours in Vietnam next spring and organise other activities to consolidate the two peoples’ friendship, she said.-VNA