Seoul (VNA) – The Vietnamese community in the Republic of Korea (RoK) and foreign guests gathered at a ceremony held on April 27 by the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30, 1975-2017).

Lao Ambassador to the RoKKhamsouayKheodalavong and representatives of the host country’s government, ministries and major businesses were also among guests at the event.

Addressing the ceremony, Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu highlighted the great significance of the Spring 1975 Victory, ending 30 years of the country’s separation.

He stressed that the historical triumph brought Vietnam to a new era of peace and development with the spirit of “closing the past, heading to future,” and “Vietnam is willing to be a friend and trustworthy partner of all countries”.

The diplomat delightedly noted that after 30 years of national reform, Vietnam has gained great achievements. The country has set up diplomatic ties with more than 180 countries around the globe, including the strategic partnership with the RoK.

He took the occasion to thank the 150,000-strong Vietnamese community in the RoK as well as Korean friends for connecting the two peoples and contributing to the sound development of bilateral ties over the past years.

Ambassador Tu also expressed belief that on the foundation of similarities in culture, and history as well as supplementary economic structures,sound sentiments towards each other and joint efforts, Vietnam and the RoK will further bolster their partnership in the future, especially when they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year.-VNA