Talking about the cooperation results between the two countries, the ambassador said that several agreements have been signed between the Governments and various ministries since the establishment of diplomatic relations on July 14, 1992. Armenian-Vietnamese political relations are currently at a stage of brilliant development.

Armenian Ambassador to Vietnam Vahram Kazhoyan (Photo: TDO)

Culture, tourism, information technology, education and economic - trade relations are the common concerns of the two countries, and the development of cooperation in these fields greatly contributes to the strengthening of the existing friendship between Armenia and Vietnam.

The next important stage of Armenian-Vietnamese friendship is clearly demonstrated by Armenia's support for the Vietnamese people in the country’s struggle for national protection. Armenians were among the Soviets who helped the Vietnamese people. After that, Armenia continued to help nearly 2,000 Vietnamese students to study at universities and colleges in Armenia in the period from the early 1950s to the early 1990s. Many of these students still have nice memories of Armenia. Currently, they are the core force of the Vietnam - Armenia Friendship Association (VAFA).

One of the important milestones in Armenia-Vietnam relations was President Ho Chi Minh's visit to Armenia on July 21-23, 1959. During this visit, President Ho Chi Minh officially met with Armenian leaders in Yerevan, including Mr. Suren Tovmassian, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia, who later became Ambassador of the Soviet Union to Vietnam. President Ho Chi Minh also visited many places in Armenia. The Armenian people wholeheartedly welcomed him.

Emphasizing that the cooperation between the two countries in the political field is at a high level, especially within the framework of international organizations, the ambassador said he believed that the establishment of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Armenia can create new impetus for the further development and deepening of political, commercial - economic relations, expand tourism exchanges, and contribute to the promotion and further development of direct bilateral trade between the two countries.

“My sincere wish remains to establish weekly direct flights between Hanoi and Yerevan, and I believe that Vietnam Airlines, as a member of Sky Team, is perfectly suited to make this happen,” he added. “Yerevan is a transit stop on flights to one of Europe's capitals.”

The Embassy of Armenia also initiated and discussed the issues of establishing twinned city relations between Yerevan - Hanoi and Gyumri – Ho Chi Minh City.

In the field of education, there is a need to increase the number of scholarships at higher education institutions in Armenia and Vietnam, according to the Armenian Ambassador./.

Compiled by BTA