President of Council of States of Switzerland begins Vietnam visit

VOV.VN - On March 28, President of the Council of States of Switzerland Ivo Bischofberger arrived in Hanoi for a three-day official visit at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Ivo Bischofberger is scheduled to hold talks with Chairwoman Ngan and have working sessions with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Education and Training. 

Vietnam and Switzerland established diplomatic relations on October 11, 1971. Since 1992, Switzerland has provided Vietnam with about US$470 million in ODA, most of which is non-refundable. 

In 2016, Switzerland had more than 100 projects in Vietnam totally capitalized at US$ over 2 billion, becoming the fourth largest European investor in the Southeast Asian nation.

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