Member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi speaks at the third national congress of the Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Nguyen Duc Loi, member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), was elected President of the Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association (VSFA) for the 2018-2023 term, at its third national congress in Hanoi on March 27.

The event saw the presence of Vice President and Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong, Spanish Ambassador to Vietnam Maria Jesus Figa Lopez-Palop, and representatives from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the VNA and Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

Speaking at the congress, VSFA President Nguyen Duc Loi said the new executive board will exert efforts to develop the association’s activities in a more diverse and effective manner, thereby helping to foster the traditional friendship between the Vietnamese and Spanish people.

At the congress, participants agreed that in the time ahead, the association will increase the exchange of delegations, organising more friendship activities, and developing the association with a focus on the two countries’ priority fields, particularly attracting young people from Spanish training establishments and businesses that have cooperative ties with Spain.

They will also continue popularising information about the association’s activities and Vietnam-Spain cooperation, expanding ties with Spanish friends and partners to promote the relations between the people of the two nations, and calling on the Spanish people to support Vietnam’s economic, social and cultural development.

Founded in 2004, the VSFA is one of 64 member organisations of the VUFO. Its activities have helped strengthen the friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the Vietnamese and Spanish people.

The association has maintained meetings and friendship exchanges marking Vietnam-Spain diplomatic ties and called for social participation in people-to-people diplomatic activities. It has also successfully served as a bridge liking Vietnamese and Spanish businesses while keeping close contact with the two countries’ embassies as well as Spanish friends and partners.-VNA