Vietnam and Romania established diplomatic relations on 3rd February 1950. Until 1989, it was the relationship between two socialist nations. Romania provided Vietnam with financial assistance (66-million-ruble aid package, 25.5-million-ruble debt cancellation), trained approximately 3,000 Vietnamese officials, and granted long and medium-term loan (200 million ruble) to Vietnam.
After Romania changed its political institution (December 1989), the two countries continued to foster the traditional relations on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for independence, sovereignty, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit.
Annually, Romania grants 3-4 undergraduate
scholarships, and up to 10 to Vietnam since 2004-2005 school
year. Currently, there are approximately 160 Vietnamese
students, researchers and on-the-job trainees in Romania,
among those 40 get national overseas scholarship and the
rest are self-supporting students.
Romania supports Vietnam’s entry to ECOSOC in 1998-2000 term, to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Commission in November 2006, to the WTO and the UN Security Council Non-permanent membership for 2008-2009 term.
There are nearly 400 people in the Vietnamese community in Romania. The community fosters a strong solidarity and always looks toward Vietnam – their Motherland.