Venezuela-Vietnam Exchange Program Launched in Caracas
|The Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela coordinated to organize a Venezuela-Vietnam cultural and sports exchange program at Hugo Chavez park, Libertador district, Caracas. Source: TG&VN|
A cultural and sports exchange programme between Vietnam and Venezuela was opened in Caracas this week, VNA reported Friday.
The event was held by the Vietnamese Embassy, the Venezuela - Vietnam Friendship House, and the Caracas administration on the occasion of the Independence Declaration Day of Venezuela and the Day of Solidarity with the People of Venezuela.
On behalf of the local administration, Armando Graterol, member of the people’s council of Coche Parish, where the exchange took place, affirmed that the Venezuelan people have great love and respect for late President Ho Chi Minh who led the Vietnamese revolution to success.
|Participants in the opening ceremony of the exchange programme on April 19. Photo: VNA|
He said he hopes the Embassy and the House will keep working together to organise more similar activities to strengthen people-to-people ties and help Caracas residents learn more about the culture, history, as well as beauty of Vietnam.
Looking back on important milestones in the two countries’ relations, Carolus Wimmer, head of the Venezuela - Vietnam Friendship House, noted that throughout history, people-to-people diplomacy has always been an important pillar in the enhancement of bilateral ties, and this event also aimed to help with that.
Doan Bao Trung, Chargé d’affaires of the Vietnamese Embassy in Venezuela, said the two countries have maintained and intensified their traditional friendship, underlining Vietnam’s consistent support for the Venezuelan Government and people in protecting their sovereignty and independence.
He also highly valued the cultural and sport exchange programme and described it as a chance to tighten people-to-people links along with the two countries’ relations at large.
|Venezuelan artists in ao dai, a traditional dress of Vietnam, at the opening ceremony of the cultural and sports exchange programme on April 19. Photo: VNA|
At the opening ceremony, Vietnam's traditional non la (conical leaf hat) dance was performed by the artists of the Venezuela-Vietnam Friendship House, along with traditional Venezuelan dances and creating a unique Venezuelan-Vietnamese cultural interference. In addition, songs about President Ho Chi Minh and Commander Hugo Chavez were performed by Venezuelan singers.
The programme, held at Hugo Chavez Park in Caracas, features a number of cultural performances and sports events and will last through May 13.
|Through this cultural and sports exchange event, the people of Caracas have the opportunity to better understand the culture, heroic history, as well as the beauty of the country and people of Vietnam. Source: TG&VN|
Since the two countries established diplomatic relations in December 1989 and upgraded their ties to a comprehensive partnership in 2007, the bilateral relations have been maintained and promoted through the exchange of delegations and phone calls.
Over the past time, the two countries have established mechanisms and agreements to promote multifaceted cooperation.
During 34 years, Venezuela and Vietnam have signed more than 60 agreements, held 9 political consultation sessions.
In 2022, after overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, the exchange of delegations was resumed with visits between people of the two countries. By October 2022, two-way trade surged by 700% year-on-year to over USD 50 million.
They aim to step up their friendship and comprehensive cooperation in the coming time, especially developing relations between the two parties as a favourable political foundation for the bilateral ties.
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