The secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Nguyen Van Nen, hosted a reception on Tuesday morning for newly-appointed Italian Ambassador to Vietnam Marco Della Seta, who is on a working trip to the southern metropolis.
The municipal Party leader spoke highly of the Italian diplomat’s visit, which takes place at a time when Vietnam and Italy are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of their strategic partnership.
Over the past five decades, the world has experienced uncertainties but the Vietnam-Italy friendship has reaped fruitful results, Nen said.
He cited an Italian vessel which docked in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam to donate necessities to the Vietnamese people in 1973 as an example of the genuine friendship between the two nations.
The Vietnamese people will never forget the noble gestures of the Italian people during that hardship, Nen elaborated and expressed his pleasure over the two countries’ expanded cooperation in multiple fields.
He added that Ho Chi Minh City had established partnership with some Italian localities, but there is much room for both sides to deepen their ties in the years ahead.
The municipal Party chief also congratulated the Italian diplomat on his new position, saying that the ambassador will help facilitate investment by Italian firms into Vietnam in trade, culture, and science.
The Italian ambassador underlined the importance of this working visit, as he was appointed to his post in Vietnam just last month and this is his first trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
Echoing Nen’s viewpoint, Seta said that the vessel carrying necessities to Vietnam in 1973 along with the Italian Navy’s patrol vessel ITS Francesco Morosini, which made a port call in Ho Chi Minh City in May this year, showed Italy’s interest in Vietnam.
The EU nation considered Ho Chi Minh City as an important investment destination which shares many things in common with Milan City, as both cities focus on industrial development.
Italy and the southern Vietnamese city could expand their cooperation in culture and education, aside from trade and economic sectors, Seta said.
With a wealth of experience in preservation of heritage, Italy is willing to share its experience with Ho Chi Minh City, the Italian ambassador noted, adding that both sides could set up partnership in this field.
Early next month, a delegation from Lombardy, northern Italy will visit Ho Chi Minh City.
The trip is expected to bring about cooperation opportunities for both sides, he said.