According to the first Vietnamese Ambassador to Greece Vu Binh,who visited Edessa in response to an invitation from Mayor Dimitris Giannou to mark Oxi Day on Oct. 28, Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh served with the French army during World War I and passed through the Greek city on his passage to Skydra.
Binh, along with Giannou, visited Tryphona Sivena, who turned 107 on Oct. 31, and who confirmed it. News247 stated that according to the responsible of culture and tourism in Edessa, Evangelos Kiriakou, the official recognition of such a renowned personality as Ho Chi Minh could lure Asian tourists.
A special tour on Edessa-Pella-Macedonia, on the steps of Ho Chi Minh, was organized by the Cultural Tourism Office of Edessa’s Public Benefit Corporation. Shortly before his return, Binh and Giannou,symbolically planted the tree of friendship next to an extremely rare Tzinko Biloba, which was planted at that time by the French. Binh departed from Edessa promising that the same way Greece helped Vietnam in difficult moments that his country offers help to Greece.