VOV.VN - The 50th anniversary of Vietnam – Chile diplomatic ties was celebrated by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Foreign Ministry in Hanoi on December 20.
In his speech at the event, Assistant to Foreign Minister and Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for International Organisations Do Hung Viet stated that despite suffering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral ties between the two nations have seen positive development thanks to high-level talks and cooperation mechanisms such as Vietnam – Chile Free Trade Council and political consultation.
Two-way trade reached US$1.46 billion during the past nine months of this year, representing a year-on-year rise of 59%.
In response, Chilean Ambassador to Vietnam Patricio Becker affirmed that bilateral solidarity will continue to be strengthened by the two peoples, adding that both nations share common visions on issues such as market opening, multilateralism, sustainable growth and climate change adaptation. The time-honoured friendship will serve as a firm foundation for the two countries to further propel their bilateral ties forwards.
Chile was the first South American country to set up diplomatic ties with Vietnam on March 25, 1971 and the two countries officially became comprehensive partners in 2007.
Bilateral economic-trade ties have greatly expanded since the Vietnam – Chile Free Trade Agreement came into force in 2014.