South Africa attaches considerable importance to its relationship with Vietnam as a staunch friend and ally, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
"Over the past 20 years, the relationship between South Africa and Vietnam has grown and solidified into a multi-faceted relationship with growing cooperation in many fields, rapid growth in people-to-people links and strong state-to-state and government-to-government relations, which includes cooperation at many levels - bilateral, as well as multilateral," Nkoana-Mashabane said on Tuesday.
She was speaking after a consultation meeting with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh.
The two countries celebrate 20 years of formal diplomatic relations this year.
Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa and Vietnam have come a long way in advancing their relations and improving the lives of their people.
"South Africa is today a free and democratic country and Vietnam has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world, having halved poverty over the past 20 years," she said.
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