the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between viet nam and austria

On the 28th of September, 2022, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the European Department and the Vietnamese Embassy in Austria, held the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Austria at the Konzert House concert hall, Vienna, Austria. Within the framework of “Vietnam Day in Austria 2022” program, the ceremony was of great significance in terms of politics and culture.

The year 2022 is special and memorable since it is a milestone marking an important event, a new turning point in the relations between the two countries of Viet Nam and Austria: the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment (12/01/1972 – 12/01/2022).

The ceremony was honored to welcome important delegates, including some politicians from the two countries such as Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son on the occasion of his official visit to Austria, Vietnamese Ambassador to the Republic of Austria Nguyen Trung Kien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs of Austria Peter Launsky – Tieffenthal, representatives of international embassies and organizations, Austrian public and especially overseas Vietnamese in Austria.

This was a solemn event, marking a new development step in the process of building and fostering relations between the two countries.

Viet Nam – Austria relationship: The symbol of friendship beyond geographical borders

Austria and Viet Nam have had long-term bilateral and cooperative relations. During the half-century, this relationship has been increasingly firmly consolidated and developed widely in many fields. Looking back on history, despite their geographical distance and differences in history and culture, Viet Nam and Austria have been closely connected since a very early stage. When Viet Nam was struggling with economic constraints and in the process of the country’s reunification and construction, the Austrian state and people had come with sincere support and friendship. Through ups and downs of history, the Vietnamese state and people have been born in mind and extremely grateful for the valuable support of the friend from afar.

At the moment, the long-standing relationship between Viet Nam and Austria has been developing intensively over many sectors, including politics, diplomacy, economics, science – technology, culture – education, and people-to-people exchange…, which establishes a firm foundation for stronger relationship between the two countries in the upcoming years.

Reviewing the past journey, looking toward a brighter future

The 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Austria was a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to commemorate their long-standing relationship and at the same time to bring one’s marvelous traditional cultural values closer to the other. In his speech at the ceremony, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son shared: “Looking back at our long-standing relationship, despite our geographical distance and cultural-political – economic – historical differences, Viet Nam and Austria have been together since the early stage with mutual respect and understanding, sharing one aim for peace, cooperation and prosperity. The traditional friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Austria has been constantly on good track and made achievements in many sectors, including economics, politics, culture, science – technology, and cooperative development,… I believe that Viet Nam and Austria, on the basis of our traditional friendship and partnership, will further strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation”.

After the speech, Minister Bui Thanh Son raised a toast to celebrate the ceremony and relationship between Viet Nam and Austria. The symphony orchestra of the Viet Nam National Academy of Music joined with Austrian artists to perform some outstanding musical works from the two countries.

The 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Austria not only marked the successful cooperation but also opened up a new era of intense relationship between the two countries. Viet Nam and Austria’s relationship, since then, would be a symbol of a genuine cooperation beyond geographical borders and proof of the motto: “Viet Nam is a friend and a reliable partner of, and a responsive member among the international community”.

The ceremony of “the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations establishment between Viet Nam and Austria” contributed to the success of “Viet Nam Days in Austria 2022” program.