Vietnam’s National Day marked in US, Slovakia

Wednesday, 2016-09-14 04:23:45
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US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel (centre) and Representative Madeleine Bordallo (left) congratulated Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh on the occasion of Vietnamese National Day. (Credit: VOV)
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NDO - The Vietnamese Embassy in the United States held a ceremony on September 12 to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).

The event was attended by US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel and Representative Madeleine Bordallo, along with government officials, parliamentarians, diplomats, ASEAN ambassadors and businessmen.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh emphasised that September 2, 1945 witnessed a historical milestone: the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Over the past 70 years, Vietnamese people have overcome numerous difficulties, consolidating national independence and building a stronger and more prosperous country, noted the Ambassador. He also underscored the socio-economic achievements of Vietnam as well as orientations, guidelines and policies of the 12th National Party Congress.

Ambassador Vinh appreciated the development of Vietnam – US relations over the past years, particularly the establishment of a comprehensive partnership in 2013 and two-way bilateral trade reaching over US$50 billion. The relationship between the country was enhanced by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to the US on July, 2015 and the State visit of US President Barack Obama to Vietnam in May, 2016.

At the ceremony, US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel congratulated Vietnamese people on the anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day and affirmed that Vietnam and the US have attained remarkable achievements in developing co-operative relations. He also expressed his hope that the two sides’ comprehensive partnership would be deepened, contributing to promoting common interests for peace and prosperity in the region.

Representative Bordallo expressed her belief that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal would be soon approved, bringing benefits in both trade and security to the Asia-Pacific region.

On September 13, the Vietnamese Embassy in Slovakia held a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day, featuring the participation of more than 300 Slovakian officials, diplomatic corps and overseas Vietnamese in the host country.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Slovakia highlighted results of the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico’s official visit to Vietnam in July. The visit’s success would contribute to fostering the traditional friendship and enhancing the co-operation in all fields between the two countries, added the Ambassador.

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