Deputy Foreign Minister Phạm Quang Vinh.—VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Foreign Minister Phạm Quang Vinh received Eleonora Mitrofanova – head of the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Co-operation (Rossotrudnichestvo) – in Hà Nội on Tuesday.
Mitrofanova is paying a visit to Việt Nam on the occasion of the 15th founding anniversary of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hà Nội.
At the meeting, Vinh expressed his delight over the positive development of the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Việt Nam and Russia, notably the official visit to Russia by Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng in September.
The nations would organise the Việt Nam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Việt Nam for 2019-2020 to mark both the 25th anniversary of the signing of a treaty on basic principles for the Việt Nam-Russia friendship and the 70 years of diplomatic ties, he noted.
Vinh spoke highly of contributions of the Rossotrudnichestvo to promoting Russian culture, language, education, and science in Việt Nam, along with enhancing people-to-people exchange and the humanitarian co-operation of both countries, bolstering mutual understanding and bilateral relations.
He voiced his hope that the Russian agency would actively participate in the organisation of the Việt Nam Year in Russia and the Russia Year in Việt Nam, as well as provide support for collaboration in education-training, culture, and science between Việt Nam and Russia, and the nations’ localities in particular.
On the occasion, he presented a certificate of merit signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh to the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hà Nội.
For her part, Mitrofanova pledged to bolster the activities of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in the future which, she said, in turn would deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of the two nations. — VNS