Culture minister meets with Vietnam’s ambassador to strengthen cultural ties

Minister of People’s Power for Culture Ernesto Villegas held a meeting on Wednesday, July 29, with Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Let Viet Duyen at the Casona Cultural Aquiles Nazoa, a cultural center located in Caracas, complying with sanitary measures against COVID-19.

The Venezuelan culture minister posted a message on his Twitter account highlighting that the meeting’s aim was to strengthen the cultural cooperation ties between the two countries.

“Today #29Jul, I received the pleasant visit of the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Let Viet Duyen, to strengthen the cultural ties between the two peoples. I welcomed him at the Casona Cultural Aquiles Nazoa, where artist Felipe García is panting a beautiful mural. Together we will defeat!”, Villegas twitted.

In the meeting, they addressed issues related to cultural diversity, the safeguard of cultural heritage and editorial policies.

In addition, the minister and the ambassador enjoyed the work of Venezuelan painter Felipe García in honor of Venezuelan poet Aquiles Nazoa.

Venezuela and Vietnam have maintained bilateral relations since 1989.  Nevertheless, in 2006, during the government of Commander Hugo Chávez, the cooperation ties between the two countries were boosted and strengthened, including culture. An example of this is the Cultural Cooperation Agreement endorsed in Hanoi on June 31, 2006, whose aim is to promote and boost cultural exchange.

Furthermore, Venezuela’s and Vietnam’s culture ministries established the Program of Cultural Exchange, endorsed on April 19, 2012, in Caracas, in order to promote cultural cooperation through exhibitions, publication of books, art workshops, photography and craftwork, cinema weeks and music activities.

So far, both governments have signed 64 agreements in different areas, 45 of them still in force, resulting in 19 projects for the comprehensive development of the Venezuelan and Vietnamese peoples.


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