Delegates at the celebration (Source: VNA)

New York (VNA) – Over 400 guests and overseas Vietnamese enjoyed a warm celebration of the Lunar New Year festival (Tet) hosted by the Vietnamese permanent delegation to the United Nations (UN) in New York on January 15.

The event was attended by representatives from the UN, the ASEAN permanent delegations to the UN, among other Vietnamese representative offices.

Addressing the event, Head of the Vietnamese delegation Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga briefed the guests on Vietnam’s achievements in 2016, highlighting the success of the 12th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and all-level People’s Councils.

Vietnam recorded an economic growth of 6.21 percent in the year amid complex international developments and drought and salt water intrusion at home while ensuring territorial sovereignty, peace and stability.

The country welcomed over 10 million tourists, up 26 percent from 2015, and more than 2,500 FDI projects worth over 15 billion USD, according to Nga.

Vietnam has also implemented the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. 

The Vietnamese diplomat underlined the development of Vietnam’s external relations bilaterally and multilaterally, particularly the growing bilateral Vietnam –US ties with the visit of US President Barack Obama to Vietnam a highlight in the relationship.

Nga lauded the contributions the Vietnamese community in the US as well as international friends have made to Vietnam’s achievements, expressing her hope that Vietnamese in the US will promote solidarity and aid relations between the two countries.

During the event, participants enjoyed Vietnamese food and art.-VNA