A delegation of 13 Russian ex-servicemen and experts, on August 23 visited Hanoi as part of a programme sponsored by the Vietnamese Association in Russia’s St Petersburg city on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).

According to the association’s president Nguyen Duc Toan, his organisation has been raising funds for the programme over the past three years with a hope of offering an opportunity to ex-servicemen and experts of the Soviet Union to see with their eyes the changes in Vietnam and Vietnamese people’s sentiment for their country.

The Vietnamese communities in many countries are also holding various activities to mark Vietnam’s National Day.
In Malaysia, the liaison board for the Vietnamese community in the country hosted an art exchange on August 23 to celebrate the anniversary.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao briefed participants on the development of the Vietnam-Malaysia relations, and called on Vietnamese people living in the country to make more active contributions to the bilateral friendship and partnership.

On the occasion, the board launched a campaign to raise funds for activities of sea and island sovereignty protection in the homeland.-VNA