A high-ranking delegation from the multinational American news agency the Associated Press (AP) made their first visit to Vietnam from June 7-13 to get a first-hand understanding of the national context.

According to AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt, Head of the delegation, the trip also aims to highlights ties between Vietnam and the United States and organise activities to cement mutual understanding, friendship and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The delegation was received by State President Truong Tan Sang, visited the family of General Vo Nguyen Giap and launched a photo exhibition titled ‘Vietnam war through AP photos’.

In addition, the agency held forums and discussions between AP and Vietnamese reporters, visiting Trang Bang district in the southern province of Tay Ninh and Hanoi.

The AP, which is headquartered in New York, provides news to around 1,700 newspapers and 5,000 video and radio programmes in the world.

The AP was actively involved in the Vietnam War and contributed to changing the American public’s view of the war through its vivid images.

The photo of Venerable Thich Quang Duc setting himself on fire in 1963 by Malcolm Browne and the photo of the girl burned by napalm bomb by Vietnamese American photographer Nick Ut in 1972 are among their most famous portrayals.-VNA