More than 1,000 Russians gathered at the Alexandrinski Theatre in St Petersburg on November 10 to attend the closing ceremony of the "Vietnam Cultural Days in Russia."
In his closing speech, Minister of Culture and Information Pham Quang Nghi said that before arriving in St Petersburg, the Vietnamese cultural delegation performed in Moscow, Kostroma and Vladimir where they were warmly welcomed.
He added that although staying in Russia for only 10 days, the Vietnamese delegation was deeply impressed with Russians' profound sentiments.
He said he hoped days of Vietnamese and Russian cultures would be regularly organised, thus contributing to consolidating and developing the relationship between the two countries.
In her reply, Director of the St Petersburg Culture Service O V Ivanova stressed that the "Vietnam Cultural Days in Russia" which closed in the imperial city had an important significance as it created a new step of development in the cooperation between Russia and Viet Nam. Through these days, northern Russians better understand Viet Nam and its culture. Culture has helped nations to be closer together and bridge the development gap between them, said Ivanova.
She further said that enhancement of cultural relations showed a stable development of the two countries.
While in St Petersburg, the Vietnamese delegation was received by Director Ivanova. It also visited a number of historical and cultural relic sites in the city. (VNA)
Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper