Russian ambassador receives Vietnamese honour
QĐND - Saturday, June 16, 2012, 21:38 (GMT+7)
The Russian ambassador to Vietnam, Andrey G. Kovtun, has been awarded an insignia for his contributions to cultural, sport and tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Russia.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh highly praised Ambassador Kovtun’s significant contributions which he said have helped reinforce the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.
He emphasized that bilateral relationship has seen new developments in recent years. Both countries have successfully organized Russian Culture Days in Vietnam and Vietnamese Culture Days in Russia, as well as sports exchanges and tourism promotion. Russia is now among the countries with the most tourists visiting Vietnam, Anh added.
He said he hopes the ambassador will continue to lobby the Russian Government to assist Vietnam with training by providing scholarships for researchers in the field of culture, sports and tourism, while creating favourable conditions to increase the number of Russian tourists to Vietnam to 300,000 by 2014, as expected.
Ambassador Kovtun committed to strengthening the bilateral friendship and culture, sports and tourism cooperation between the two countries.