Statue of President Ho Chi Minh is placed at the Mimasaka City Museum. Photo: baoquocte.vn

At a solemn ceremony held in the city, on behalf of the Party and State of Vietnam, Head of the Presidential Office Dao Viet Trung presented the statue, depicting President Ho Chi Minh reading a newspaper, to representatives of the Mimasaka administration and people.

This is the first statue of President Ho Chi Minh placed in Japan and the presentation is taking place at a time when the two countries are making preparations for activities to mark the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

Together with the presentation of the statue, a “Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh Space” was inaugurated at the Mimasaka City Museum.

Addressing the ceremony, Trung emphasized that the statue symbolizes the friendship between the two nations and their extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.

He also highly valued the positive sentiment of the city’s mayor and people towards the late President Ho Chi Minh and thanked the city’s administration and people for the active and effective cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Sports and Tourism and related agencies in building and completing the structure at the time the two countries are celebrating 45 years of diplomatic ties.

The city’s mayor Hagiwara Seiji expressed the city’s pride in hosting the statue of President Ho Chi Minh and stressed that the city’s museum would become a place for locals to show their respect for President Ho Chi Minh and learn more about the glorious history of Vietnam.

He further hoped that with the Vietnam-Ho Chi Minh Space and the statue of President Ho Chi Minh, the museum would be able to attract more local and international tourists.

Source: PANO/VNA

Translated by Mai Huong