Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh described the National Day as an important milestone in Vietnam’s history, marking a turning point for Vietnam to become a dynamically developing nation and an active member of the international community.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the US Pham Quang Vinh  

He highlighted the strong development in Vietnam-US relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties, particularly after the two countries set up a comprehensive partnership, which are being consolidated under US President Donald Trump’s administration.

Vietnam and the US have issued a joint statement for enhancing the bilateral relationship to a new height during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to the US in May, Vinh said, adding that US President Trump is scheduled to pay a visit to Vietnam in November.

The Vietnamese diplomat pledged to work closely with US agencies to prepare for the US President’s visit to Vietnam and attending the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November, thus building on the positive momentum of bilateral relations and strengthening cooperation between the US and the Asia – Pacific region.

For her part, Acting Assistant US Secretary of State Susan Thornton underlined the all-out cooperation between the two countries, particularly in economy, trade, education, tourism, elaborating that the Vietnam - US trade value reached nearly USD 60 billion in 2016, and there are more than 21,000 Vietnamese students studying in the US.

The figures reflect the strong development in the US-Vietnam relationship, she said, promising to continue promoting the US-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership in the coming time, as well as cooperating with Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in regional and international issues of common concern, including security, safety and freedom of navigation, counter-terrorism, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Diane Farrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration underscored the remarkable growth in relations between the two countries, particularly in economy, trade, and investment.

A similar ceremony was held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Indonesia in Jakarta on September 15.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Hoang Anh Tuan highlighted the achievements Vietnam has made over the past 72 years of national construction and 30 years of Doi Moi (Reform) and international integration.

Vietnam has achieved a high annual average economic growth rate in recent years and become a bustling market in the world’s fastest growing region, he stressed.

Participants enjoyed Vietnamese traditional art performances and dishes during the events.

Source: VNA