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5/10/2018 9:07:54 AM

Vietnamese embassy promotes Vietnam's image in South Africa

The Embassy of Vietnam in South Africa kicked off a painting exhibition in Pretoria on May 8th, drawing a large number of visitors from foreign embassies, international organisations and art lovers in the country.

At the exhibition. (Source: VNA)

The exhibition, which will run until May 10th, is part of activities to celebrate the 25th founding anniversary of Vietnam-South Africa diplomatic relations.

It showcases 16 oil paintings by painter Doan Hong, who has spent nearly 20 years drawing paintings about the lives in Vietnam’s coastal areas.

In his opening speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Vu Van Dung said the exhibition not only marks 25 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries and but also introduces the beauty of Vietnam’s coastline of more than 3,000km to international friends and South African people in particular.

In addition to bilateral high-ranking visits, various cultural exchange events will be organised this year as celebrations of Vietnam-South Africa diplomatic relations, the diplomat added.

Vietnam and South Africa officially established diplomatic ties on December 22nd, 1993. Since then, the two nations have been strengthening bilateral relations in various fields, especially trade.

Two-way trade grew from just USD 192 million in 2007 to over USD 1.5 billion in 2017. Vietnam and South Africa are striving to lift bilateral trade to USD 2 billion in the coming time./.

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