|Phan Anh Son, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) received Humile Mashatile, spouse of South African Vice President Paul Mashatile (Photo: Dinh Hoa)
Phan Anh Son stated that the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Africa were established in 1993, but the connection between the two countries started long before that. The first delegations of both countries met at the Afro-Asian Conference in Bandung (Indonesia) in 1955. The people of both countries have a strong bond and a shared vision for the development of their nations.
In recent years, the relationship between Vietnam and South Africa has strengthened in various fields, including economics, trade, and technology. There are ample opportunities for cooperation in tourism, cultural exchange, art, education, and mining.
VUFO, in collaboration with the Vietnam-Africa Friendship and Cooperation Association (VAFCA) and the South African Embassy in Vietnam, has organized a wide range of activities to celebrate the anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. These activities include friendly meetings, conferences, trips for South African delegates to Vietnamese localities.
VUFO hopes that Humile Mashatile will support and encourage South African agencies and organizations to further enhance friendly relations with Vietnam. VUFO also aims to establish a friendship group between South Africa and Vietnam and connect potential partners with VUFO and VAFCA.
Humile Mashatile, spouse of South African Vice President Paul Mashatile, mentioned that the ongoing visit of the South African delegation builds upon the outcomes of Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan’s visit to South Africa in September 2023. During Vo Thi Anh Xuan’s visit, the two sides discussed cooperation in various areas such as politics, security, economics, education, and culture.
According to Humile Mashatile, Vietnam and South Africa share similarities in their history. Both countries should continue to promote cooperation in activities that provide tangible benefits to the people, such as education, cultural exchange, and poverty eradication.