In honor of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and Vietnam, Kazakhstan's ministry of foreign affairs announced the unveiling of a mosaic mural in Hanoi.
Distant geographically, close in spirit
The event was initiated by the Union of Vietnamese Friendship Societies with Foreign Countries and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Vietnam, as well as the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, where the mural was installed.
"The appearance of this piece of monumental art in Hanoi reflects the traditionally friendly nature of bilateral relations. It is meant to introduce young Vietnamese diplomats to the image of Kazakhstan - a country distant geographically, but close in spirit," Kazakh Ambassador Yerlan Bayzhanov said at the ceremony.
Drawing attention to the high level of bilateral relations, Nguyen Phuong Nga, chairman of the Union of Friendship Societies, said the foundation for this was laid much earlier than 30 years ago.
"Kazakhstan and Vietnam have been close and loyal friends for a long time. The two peoples have been linked by traditional cooperative relations for more than 70 years since the time of the Soviet Union. Generations of Vietnamese people always remember and are grateful to Kazakhstan for the invaluable support and assistance provided to the people of Vietnam in our struggle for independence and freedom as well as in the current national construction and defence. We are happy to note that the relations have strongly developed, expanded and become substantive in all fields," Nguyen Phuong Nga said.
President of the Diplomatic Academy Pham Lan Dung also attended the opening ceremony. She said the opening of the mural serves as a good incentive to strengthen the cultural relations of our countries.
The mural is based on an original artwork specially created for the occasion. The author of the painting is the famous Kazakh artist, public figure and gallery owner, Leila Makhat.
The project was embodied in a ceramic mosaic by the author of the idea "Ceramic Wall of Hanoi" artist Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy and the artisans of her company.