Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (front, second, left) at his visit to the Old Town Hall of Massachusetts (Photo: VNA)

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung worked to a tight schedule during his stay in Boston city of Massachusetts state, which was part of his visit to the US.

On September 5 morning (Vietnam time), the legislator visited the Omni Parker House hotel, where the late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh worked as a baker from 1911 to 1913 during his journey to seek a way for national liberation. A number of mementos in the kitchen Ho Chi Minh used to work at are still kept by the hotel.

Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung thanked the hotel managers for carefully preserving the items, which, he said, are part of the foundation of the Vietnam – US comprehensive partnership at present.

At his meeting with overseas Vietnamese young expatriates and American experts, he expressed his hope that the Vietnamese community in Boston, including young people, will continue dedicating to the development of the homeland as well as the two countries’ friendship.

He asked overseas Vietnamese intellectuals to follow Ho Chi Minh’s example, bring into play their patriotism and enthusiasm for study and social activities while upholding and popularising Vietnam’s traditional cultural identities.

He also told them to abide by local laws and added that the Vietnamese Party and State always provide the best possible conditions for them to contribute to the nation.

Earlier, the top legislator visited Massachusetts General Hospital, the original and largest teaching facility of Harvard Medical School and the third oldest general hospital in the US.

Leaders of the hospital said they hope to boost medical cooperation with Vietnam such as in orthopaedic surgery, cancer treatment and personnel training.

Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the flourishing relations between the two countries are the ideal condition for them to forge ties across the board, including in healthcare between Massachusetts General Hospital and its Vietnamese counterparts.

He voiced his hope that the hospital will seek investment opportunities in Vietnam, provide training to and share experience with the latter’s medical establishments, especially Bach Mai Hospital.

On late September 4 (Vietnam time), the Vietnamese leader visited the Old Town Hall of the state of Massachusetts located on Washington street.

Built 300 years ago, the Hall houses the east side balcony from where the US’s first Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on July 18, 1776. Massachusetts officials traditionally stand at this balcony to re-deliver the Declaration on the country’s National Day (July 4).

Researchers of the state’s Town Hall said it was possible that during his stay in Boston in the early 20th century, Ho Chi Minh heard the local authorities read the Declaration which was likely significant to his national salvation journey.

Visiting the John Adams Courthouse which accommodates the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung exchanged views on the procedural and legal process along with the judicial system of the state with the local chief justices. He also presented procedural rules and court activities in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese delegation left Boston for Washington D.C. on September 5 morning.-VNA