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Vietnam-Poland: 65 years of friendship and cooperation

Released at: 15:17, 04/02/2015

Vietnam-Poland: 65 years of friendship and cooperation

Countries mark anniversary of diplomatic relations on February 4.

by Hoang Thu

Today marks the 65th year of diplomatic relations between Poland and Vietnam, which were established on February 4, 1950.

Throughout this year the Polish Embassy together with Vietnamese partners will celebrate the remarkable anniversary. "One of the goals I set for myself when starting my diplomatic mission was to reduce the gap between our two countries," said Polish Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Barbara Szymanowska. "We cannot to narrow the geographical distance between Poland and Vietnam but we can work to keep our countries closer in terms of culture, economics and science."

Political relations between the two have been developed by high-level visits. In 2014 Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh visited Poland while Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak also visited Vietnam.

In economic relations, however, there is still much to be done. There is huge potential to be reaped from the political relations and the friendly attitude of Vietnam towards Poland should boost economic ties.

Poland is also working on increasing cultural, scientific and educational cooperation, which creates links between people.

It is also offering Vietnam an official development assistance (ODA) credit of EUR250 million ($283.5 million), with a framework agreement currently under negotiation. The credit will have a direct influence on people's lives because projects must comply with ODA regulations.

The 65 years of diplomatic relations show that, despite the distance and cultural differences, friendships can be developed between governments and people.

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