Hanoi (VNA) – The Defence Ministry held a banquet in Hanoi on December 14 for foreign defence and military attaché, and ambassadors on the occasion of the 74th founding anniversary of Vietnam People’s Army and the 29th anniversary of All-People Defence Festival. 

Hosting the banquet, Vice Chief of the General Staff of Vietnam People’s Army Pham Ngoc Minh reviewed achievements made by the Vietnamese army over the past 74 years, saying that the Vietnam People’s Army did and will actively and proactively expand ties with countries and international organisations on the basis of respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, strive to deepen cooperative ties to bring about practical results.

He thanked international friends, especially defence and military attaché, diplomats for fostering friendship between Vietnam and countries in diverse areas, including in national defence.

Minh wished to step up friendship and cooperation between armies of Vietnam and countries for the sake of peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Ambassador Ton That Tuan, defence attaché to the US and head of the foreign military attaché delegation to Vietnam, expressed his belief that armies of Vietnam and countries will hold more exchanges to develop sustainable and effective ties.-VNA