Viet Nam, Egypt celebrate 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties
VGP - The Vietnamese Embassy in Egypt on July 26 held a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Viet Nam-Egypt diplomatic ties (September 1, 1963 – September 1, 2023), with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang.
Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Egypt Nguyen Huy Dung highlighted the development of the friendship and cooperative relationship between Viet Nam and Egypt over the past 60 years.
Egypt was the first country in Africa-Middle East to establish diplomatic relations with Viet Nam in 1963.
The two nations have many historical similarities and share a common aspiration for freedom and independence. Also, they are symbols of resilience and indomitability in the struggle for national liberation.
The diplomat emphasized that the bilateral relationship between Viet Nam and Egypt has constantly developed, especially after high-level visits by leaders of the two countries in 2017 and 2018.
On the occasions of the Viet Nam visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2017, and the visit to Egypt in 2018 by President Tran Dai Quang, the two countries signed nearly 20 bilateral cooperation documents.
Regarding bilateral economic and trade relations, Egypt is one of the important trade partners and a potential market of Viet Nam in the Africa-Middle East region, with two-way trade turnover surpassing US$600 million in 2022.
Viet Nam and Egypt have great potential to strengthen cooperation in all fields, especially economy, trade, logistics, culture, education, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges. Also, the two countries have promoted local cooperation in recent years.
Affirming the growing economic ties between the two countries despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Hazem El-Tahry said the two sides are also making efforts to strengthen the legal framework for bilateral cooperation by updating existing agreements and finalizing new ones.
Besides, he said El that cultural exchange was an essential pillar of the Viet Nam-Egypt relationship and suggested that the two countries step up cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges to enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples.
On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang met with overseas Vietnamese community in Egypt./.