Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the meaning of the traditional Tet in the culture of Vietnam.

Looking back on the past year, the diplomat underlined that Vietnam and the U.S. have put COVID-19 under good control and are boosting socio-economic recovery. The Vietnamese community in the U.S. has risen strongly despite difficulties brought by the pandemic, he said, adding that the community had provided helpful support to the homeland in COVID-19 fight.

Delegates at the event

Noting that good progress was seen in the Vietnam-U.S. relations across all fields last year, Ngoc took the occasion to thank the Vietnamese community in the U.S. as well as U.S. and international friends for giving Vietnam helpful support over the years. He extended best New Year wishes to the community, expressing hope that the Year of the Tiger will bring luck, success, as well as stronger recovery and growth for Vietnam and the Vietnam-U.S. relations.

For his part, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper expressed his delight to return to Vietnam as an ambassador. He extended New Year wish in Vietnamese to all participants. He affirmed that he will work hard for the further development of the Vietnam-U.S. ties, contributing to peace, security, prosperity of the region and the world.

Source: VNA