Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association of Hanoi city holds third congress

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The Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association of Hanoi city on August 23 held the third congress for the 2017-2022 tenure.

The Congress was attended by Mr. Nguyen Hoai Duong – Deputy General Director of Vietnam News Agency, President of Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association, Mrs. Nguyen Lan Huong – Head of the Commission for Public Relation of the Hanoi Party Committee, Chairwoman of HAUFO, Mr. Nguyen Trong Dong – Director of Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Mrs. Pham Thi Thai – Head of EU Department of VUFO, Mr. Miguel Moro Aguilar – Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Spain in Vietnam and nearly 100 official delegates from the association.

Addressing the Congress, Nguyen Xuan Phong – permanent Vice President of the Hanoi association said in recent years, relations between Vietnam – Spain has constantly developed in both width and depth. In the context of international relations, Spain has always regarded Vietnam as its priority partner in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnamese leaders are also very interested in developing relations with Spain and have taken the initiative to raise the relations to “strategic partnership”.

Established on September 14, 2015, the Vietnam – Spain Association of Hanoi city now has 12 chapters. They all have been active in promoting the image of Hanoi and Vietnam at large to international friends, especially those from Spain.

In the 2017-2022 tenure, the Hanoi chapter will maintain its close coordination with the Vietnam-Spain Friendship Association to effectively implement its functions and tasks, while improving the quality of friendship exchange activities to be co-organised with the Spanish Embassy.

Charge d’ Affaires of Spain Embassy in Vietnam Miguel Moro Aguilar believes in the stronger development of the two countries’ relations in the future.

He said that 2017 is a particularly important year in diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Spain as the two countries mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. In the past time, the two countries have gone through a long and fruitful effort to develop cooperative relations in such fields as politics, diplomacy, economy, and culture, in which the Vietnam – Spain Friendship Association of Hanoi city plays a very important role.

The third congress elected the association’s 25-member executive board for the 2017-2022 tenure with Nguyen Trong Dong, Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment as its President./.

Hoang Duong