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According to Mr. Anastasios Diou, this was the first time Edessa city’s leader paid a working visit to a Vietnamese city. “On the foundation of the close relationship between the two countries, Edessa city’s delegation wants to study Vietnamese culture and history, thus promoting tourism cooperation with localities, especially with Hanoi and Nghe An province,” he said.

He added that Edessa city and Hanoi share a lot of similarities in terms of long-term culture, history, ancient constructions and famous scenery. In particular, President Ho Chi Minh lived in Edessa, which is the honour of Edessa residents in particular and of Greek people in general, and the foundation for increased cooperation between the two countries and localities.

Expressing his belief that there would be new steps of development in cooperation between the two cities after the visit, he pledged to organise visits of Greek businesses to Hanoi, as well as other Vietnamese provinces and cities for investment promotion.

Welcoming the delegation, Mr. Hung stressed that Hanoi wanted to expand cooperation with localities in the world, including Greece’s Edessa city.

He showed his pleasure with the relationship between Hanoi and Greek localities. Last year, Hanoi exports to Greece reached some USD2 million, mainly agricultural products, mechanics and handicraft products, while it also imported key products from Greece.

He also said he believed that the Edessa city delegation’s visit would help open up opportunities for cooperation and investment between the two cities, especially in tourism, culture and trade, adding that in 2017, Hanoi welcomed some 3,000 Greek visitors.

Noting that Hanoi has a population of some 10 million people and an area of over 3,300 square kilometres, he said it would be potential market for businesses. “Hanoi welcomes Greek investors,” he asserted, considering the cooperation between Hanoi and Edessa as a contribution to heighten the Vietnam - Greece relationship./.

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